13 Feb Boxer Michael Zerafa fights for world number one title
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He’s currently the Commonwealth Boxing Council champion and WBA Oceania titleholder, but super welterweight boxer Michael Zerafa has his eyes on one prize – becoming world champion.
The Australian-Maltese fighter is as determined as ever to reach his dream of becoming number one, and he is currently preparing to take on Australia’s Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine in one of the most significant fights of his life.
“I’ve always loved the sport and I’ve always had a dream of becoming world champion,” he said.
Win, lose or draw, I think I can be the best out there with the discipline and dedication that I have, and the desire I have to become number one.
Having travelled to countries including Thailand, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America for various boxing bouts, Michael feels proud to be able to represent Australia in a sport he loves.
With 25 wins and 14 knock-outs to his name, the 26-year-old is especially thankful for the support and guidance he has received from his family and coaching team.
“I look up to my team and my family the most, and I don’t really look up to any boxers,” Michael explained.
“My dad was always pretty lenient and he always supported me with whatever I did, and he would follow me to gyms and now all over the world.”
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Michael also said he is lucky to be able to fight as a representative for both Australia and Malta, and that Malta would hopefully be one of his next holiday trips overseas.
“For me, I’ve got an Australian background and I was born and raised here, so being half-Maltese doesn’t really affect me much,” he said.
But, knowing I’m fighting for both countries just makes me more determined and proud of who I am.
“Being number one in your country is a big deal, and it wasn’t easy… early mornings, late nights… and when you finally get there, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”