Zerafa is coming off a destructive performance against then-undefeated Renato Oliveira- who he stopped in the third round at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. Since then, Zerafa has finalised his trip to L.A, and will look to move to Wild Card Boxing Gym in the coming weeks.
Speaking on the trip- and what opportunities lay in store for the 24 year old, Zerafa maintains that the trip to Wild Card is the next logical step of his career.
"Training alongside the King Sam Soliman and Christian Ennor has been a awesome journey and experience. I learnt a lot from the both of them and formed a great friendship- but moving overseas is where we want to be. I've been lucky to have my stablemate Sam Soliman, as well as ranked super middleweight Jayde Mitchell as quality sparring, but I believe Australian boxing is done for me."
Zerafa will be looking to have a fight overseas in May- with a date/opponent yet to be confirmed. Picking up the IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight title in March, 2016 was a solid outing for Zerafa- finishing up with three wins; with two coming via KO.
He maintains however, that whilst it wasn't his biggest year, it was a necessary step towards bigger and brighter horizons-
"Last year was quiet but strategically good and we worked towards and won the IBF regional title. This has now opened the door for bigger and better fights overseas. With my current record, and being such a young age, a lot of experience will help me to get to the next level."
Speaking on his upcoming venture to L.A, Zerafa explains just how the opportunity to train at Wild Card came about- and what he believes he'll gain most from the experience-
"It all came about late last year as I was over there for a training camp, and impressed the famous crew during sparring. That lead to them wanting me based there and fighting out of their gym. I'm super pumped and can't wait to get over there. Guys like Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and many more will be in camp- so sparring is the best I'll have."
To keep in touch with Michael Zerafa as he goes overseas, you can check out his Facebook and Instagram pages below!
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.