Horn Gets Title Shot Under Two Conditions…
Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn looks to be back in a boxing title picture after all, as conditional plans have been set for him to face WBA (Regular) middleweight champion Ryoto Murata.
According to Steve Kim of ESPN, Horn will get the opportunity should he defeat Michael Zerafa in Australia next week. It’s believed Murata vs. Horn would take place later in 2019, with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum stating the aim would be a title bout in Japan this December.
Furthermore, whoever would come out on top in a Murata-Horn showdown would be obligated to defend the title against Rob Brant. Brant won the WBA title from Murata in October 2018 but was quickly finished by him in a rematch last month. Brant has a rematch clause he is exercising, Arum says.
Horn won the WBO 147-pound title with a major, controversial upset over Manny Pacquiao in July 2017 in front of his home country of Australia. Horn retained the title with a stoppage of Gary Corcoran that December before being stopped by Terence Crawford in June 2018.
Original Report: ESPN