Experienced Melbourne boxing identities Stuart Duncan, Peter Maniatis (Zarafa’s former manager), David Stanley and promoter Brian Amatruda all blasted the match-up as being highly inappropriate.
“I told them there are no fairy tales in boxing, he could get killed. There would be no happy ending here,” Amatruda said.
Duncan added: “How long before someone suffers serious brain injury or worse? This is more like live meat trade, motivated by nothing but the fees it attracts.
“We seriously need Federal governance to weed these people out of the sport or its going to get worse before it gets better.”