Members Statement: Michael Zerafa
Ms SPENCE: And now to a much different sport: congratulations to Craigieburn resident Michael Zerafa, who defeated Jeff Horn in a ninth-round technical knockout to take out the World Boxing Association Oceania middleweight title in Bendigo. On 31 August a crowd of 4500 boxing fans went along to witness what has been described as one of the most exciting Australian bouts in years. Michael’s win has been met with a great deal of enthusiasm from his friends, neighbours and the local community more broadly. To those who are familiar with Michael’s commitment and dedication, his success comes as no surprise. Michael has been very actively involved in boxing since the age of 12 and is very passionate about his sport. I look forward to watching Michael’s career continue to go from strength to strength towards his goal of becoming a world champion. Michael was back in the local gym on Tuesday following his victory. Our community is very proud of him, and we wish him every success.