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Tim Tszyu's manager, Glenn Jennings, has labelled Michael Zerafa "delusional" after the Melbourne-based boxer called himself "Micky Hatton" in reference to Ricky Hatton's win over Kostya Tszyu in 2005.
With a little over two weeks until he takes on Tim Tszyu in Newcastle,saying he's going to do to Tim what the legendary English boxer did to Kostya 16 years ago.
"I'm coming into this fight like Micky Hatton,".
"I'm gonna do what Ricky Hatton did. I'm coming for a fight. For a war.
"It's not Michael Zerafa, it's Micky Hatton. I'm coming to finish something that should have been finished."
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Hatton's 11th round stoppage win in Manchester 16 years ago was the last fight of Kostya's illustrious career.
The Russian-born Aussie previously became the first fighter in over three decades to reign as the undisupted champion of the super lightweight division, and his loss is still felt by boxing fans around the country.
Jennings was in Kostya's corner for most of his career, and says Zerafa stepped over the mark.
"He’s delusional. The fact is, Michael Zerafa has no place to call himself in line with Ricky Hatton or Kostya Tszyu – two former great world champions who have proven themselves on the world stage," Jennings told Sporting News.
"Michael hasn’t won a thing.
"Kostya was the king of his class for going on 10 years and Michael Zerafa could never in his wildest dreams achieve that. Nor has he achieved anything in boxing.
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"To put himself in that category and calling himself Micky Hatton makes me laugh a little bit.
"It’s just a bit off the planet."
Jennings, trainer Igor and Tim's granfather Boris were with Kostya that night and form the core of Team Tszyu 2.
Kostya's loss to Hatton still hurts Tim and Jennings says Zerafa will be made to pay for his comments.
“It’s still raw. I’ve seen some of the social media reaction, and they’re attacking the guy hand over fist. It’s raw with the family, it’s raw with me,” he told Sporting News.
“We were there - we experienced the end of Kostya’s career that night - and why you would think that was somehow funny or comical to bring up is just delusional. There’s something not right there.
“It’s a poor choice on his behalf, and he seems to make a lot of these poor decisions when he opens his mouth.
“The country will take him to pieces over it, because of the respect and reverence they had for Kostya.”
Tszyu and Zerafa met face-to-face for promotional shoots on Monday afternoon, with Zerafa repeating the line to Tszyu's face.
"It's not Micky Zerafa, it's Micky Hatton rocking up," he said. "I'm taking over."
Tszyu's comeback was swift: "Then the Pacquiao's rocking up. You remember what Pacquiao did to Ricky Hatton..."
Manny Pacquiao took less than two rounds to stop Hatton in their 2009 world title fight.
A multiple-time world champion, Hatton was floored twice in the first before Pacquiao knocked him out in scary fashion in the final seconds of the second round.
Hatton only fought once more as a professional, three years after his defeat to Pacquiao.
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