Michael Zerafa is probably the most disliked man in Australian boxing.
Not simply by the fighters themselves, however now from tv executives as properly.
Tonight’s occasion between Zerafa and Issac Hardman – a blockbuster all-Aussie struggle – is not going to be proven on Fox Sports, Main Event, or Kayo.
Instead it will likely be streamed on Fite TV.
It would have undoubtedly been common sufficient for one of many affiliated Fox channels – and possibly even Main Event pay-per-view – however Hardman believes the TV executives have frozen Zerafa out.
It all stems from the Victorian boxer pulling out of a bout with Tim Tszyu final July. The Zerafa camp blamed COVID-19 as the rationale they did not wish to journey to NSW.
“It’s really disappointing not only for me and the other people on the undercard. This card and this fight is one of the biggest to be made in Australia,” Hardman instructed Wide World of Sports.
“I’m a Fox Sports fighter, I’ve been on there seven times. I’ve got the headway I’ve got because of that platform. It’s because of that coward Michael Zerafa and what he done cost them so much money. This fight isn’t on Fox Sports because of Michael Zerafa – end of story.
“I can not string a sentence collectively in direction of Zerafa as a result of he is as dumb as a field of rocks.
“(Promoter) Dean Lonergan was certain this fight was going to be on Fox Sports. There was a committee, and all of them had said yes until the day after Michael Zerafa pulled out of the SAS show.
“The man we wanted to say sure stated ‘Nah we’re not doin’ it’. If I used to be Fox Sports and I noticed that pathetic effort on SAS the place he pulled out with a shoulder harm, I would not have put it on both. He seems to be like a legal responsibility. When it does not go his means, he runs.
“I can’t blame them, they’ve lost a whole heap of money with that guy. I’m not even mad at the guy who said no because if it was my company fronting up that money I’d say no as well because the guy has got no integrity and no backbone. Any sign of adversity he folds.”