Zerafa stays on track for world title shot

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Michael Zerafa’s world title ambitions remain intact after a unanimous points victory over Italy’s Danilo Creati in Sydney.

Set to face boxing superstar Gennady Golovkin for the Kazakh’s two world middleweight titles in Australia next March, Zerafa admitted fighting Creati on Wednesday night was a risk.

And the previously undefeated Creati has indeed proved a worthy direct opponent for the world No. 1 ranked Australian middleweight contender.

The Sydney-based European had vowed to smash Zerafa’s world title dream, calling the Victorian a ‘loser’ and saying his long amateur career in his native country would be on the back burner.

He landed some good shots, seemed to have fun trying to cause an upset, and even elicited encouraging chants of “Danilo, Danilo, Danilo” from the audience at the Aware Super Theater.

Despite going the full 10 rounds and denying Zerafa a 20th knockout victory, the favorite did enough to deny Creati while improving his record to 31-4 and staying on course for a showdown at high stakes with Golovkin.

All three judges awarded the fight to Zerafa 98-93, 99-91, 98-92.

Earlier this month, the Melbourne slugger claimed he had reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with Golovkin, a former pound-for-pound world No.

But the fight has yet to be confirmed by the promoters.

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