Tim Tszyu makes short work of Steve Spark
It only took super welterweight Tim “The Soul Taker” Tszyu (19-0, 15 KO’s) three rounds to get rid of Steve Spark (12-2, 11 KO’s). Tszyu dropped him twice in the third round and body blows did the trick each time. The brevity of the dustup was no real surprise as Spark was out of his league and called in on short notice. Originally, Tszyu was scheduled to face Michael Zerafa on the July 7 date, but that was before Zerafa abruptly withdrew from the fight.
A week out from the bout, Team Zerafa declared that they were extremely concerned about contracting COVID-19 and walked away. So Spark was selected in a mad dash to save the date. To his credit, although vastly outmatched, Spark managed to land a healthy array of punches on Tszyu. He even came out early and plastered an impressive combination on Tszyu to open the fight. Before being gobbled up by body shots and abdominal agony, Spark nailed Tszyu with jabs, hooks, uppercuts, straight and overhand rights. The trouble was none of his punches seemed to hurt while The Soul Taker’s did.
With this near exhibition out of the way, the question now becomes what’s next for Tim Tszyu? Presently he enjoys the favorable rankings of #1 (WBO), #3 (IBF) and #4 (WBC). Naturally, there is WBO World super welterweight Brian Castano that he could try to press a bout with. Yet, Castano is already slated to face WBA Super, IBF and WBC World super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo for undisputed. So perhaps later that single #1 ranking will help him get a shot at all the belts.
In the meantime however, if not a champion, Tszyu could realistically target #1 (WBC) super welterweight Erickson Lubin. Lubin is just coming off a successful sixth round knockout of Jeison Rosario. This fight also ended due to body blows. Tszyu has yet to fight outside of his native Australia and this would be a great way to show his seriousness in the states.
If the former world title challenger proved to be too big a leap, maybe Tszyu sets his eyes on swiftly rising Sebastian Fundora. Fundora, #2 (WBA), is about two months removed from his thrilling and all-action victory over Jorge Cota. Both Tszyu and Fundora are undefeated, still making their bones and looking to prove they can hang with the elite of the division. A fight with one another could be just what the doctor ordered. In the end, only time will tell but regardless of the outcome. 3kingsboxing will be there to report the news.
By: Bakari Simpson