Boxing: Michael Zerafa vs Issac Hardman live stream – Australian broadcast details
Michael Zerafa vs Issac Hardman fight time, how to watch, live stream, PPV price, undercard
Michael Zerafa (29-4, 18 KOs) goes up against unbeaten Issac Hardman (12-0, 10 KOs) in the headline-bout at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday, April 20. The pair squares off in the twelve-round all-Australian IBF middleweight title eliminator. The event airs live on pay-per-view.
In the co-headline bout NZ-Australian Cherneka Johnson (13-1, 6 KOs) faces Melissa Esquivel (12-2-1, 4 KOs) of Mexico. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds with a vacant IBF women’s super bantamweight belt at stake.
Among Zerafa vs Hardman undercard bouts Carly Salmon takes on Krystina Jacobs in a six-rounder at featherweight, and Kim-Alina Ross battles Zoe Putorak in a four-rounder at super welterweight. The full lineup can be found below.
Michael Zerafa is expecting more antics from “child” Issac Hardman ahead of the pair’s world-title eliminator battle in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
The winner of the Zerafa-Hardman bout will fight unbeaten Brazilian Esquiva Falcao (29-0) for the IBF middleweight title that has been vacated by Gennadiy Golovkin.
Zerafa and Hardman will come face-to-face in what’s expected to be a fiery weigh-in on Tuesday.
The pair clashed at a pre-fight press conference last month, with Hardman grabbing Zerafa by the throat.
Zerafa then threw water from a glass at Hardman before the latter knocked the glass away and smashed it.
Australian boxer Issac Hardman has had some choice words for countryman and opponent Michael Zerafa ahead of their massive bout this week.
The pair will face off on Wednesday, with a shot at the IBF middleweight title against Brazil's Esquiva Falcao the prize.
The feud exploded last month at a pre-fight event, and Hardman wants to make it clear that this isn't some manufactured beef that will be squashed upon the fight's completion.
"He would like it to be fake, and then we can be friends after - he tried to do that at the press conference - but that's not how I was brought up. If you say certain things, you stand by it," Hardman told Wide World of Sports.
"I do not like this guy - just the sight of him makes me want to punch the blood from his nose. He lacks the qualities of a good man; no integrity, he flips on his word, he says one thing and does another.
"Now he's calling me a racist? He's just plucking shit out of the air, and as a man, that's just shit. I can't wait to smash him."
In the UFC, we recently saw long-time rivals Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya shake hands and embrace after their epic title fight, despite saying they wouldn't, but this particular rivalry seems to run deeper than that.
"There's always an appreciation of a combat athlete after a fight, and I can respect him for getting in there with me and me rendering him unconscious, but as a man? I can't see eye-to-eye," Hardman said.
"I doubt the water will be under the bridge after the fight, but maybe with time.
"There's just some people on earth who aren't your cup of tea and thankfully I get to punch his face in. I treat people how they treat me. You've got to give respect to get respect, and he hasn't shown me any either."
With an American fight highly unlikely, there's every chance that one of the two fighters will be granted some sort of home-ground advantage.
Regardless of his personal opinions on Zerafa, Hardman acknowledges this to be the biggest challenge of his career. Boasting a 12-0 record as a boxer since switching from mixed martial arts in 2017, the Queenslander knows the danger that his opponent brings - not that's he's worried about it.