Horn Looking To Learn From Past Fights When Facing Tszyu
If there is anyone who understands what it is like to be young and fight in dramatic situations, it is Jeff Horn.
In a role reversal, the former WBO Welterweight Champion will be looking to stop the momentum of a young gun in Tim Tszyu. The 25-year-old Tszyu (15-0) had almost an identical record when Horn (20-2-1) faced off against Manny Pacquiao back in 2017. Unlike others, however, Horn will not underestimate a young fighter.
“I learned my lesson the first time against Zerafa, not to underestimate someone. I’m certainly not going to do the same thing against Tim,” Horn stated to Boxing Scene. “I know what position he’s in. He’s at the stage I was at when I fought Pacquiao. I was at that hungry level and I was going to prove myself and to all you guys that keep talking.
Horn was working his way up the ladder when he earned the right to face Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight Title. In his home of Australia, Horn beat Pacquiao via unanimous decision in a controversial scoring outcome. He lost the WBO Title to Terence Crawford before winning the WBO Oriental and WBA Oceania Middleweight Titles from Anthony Mundine.
“The Hornet” immediately lost those belts via TKO to Michael Zerafa, whose claim to fame at the time was a loss at the hands of Kell Brook. Horn was able to regain the titles from Zerafa a few months later via majority decision.
The son of former lineal Light-Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu, Tim has won plenty of regional titles. He won the IBF Australasian and WBO Global Light-Middleweight Titles from Dwight Richie in August. With eleven wins via knockout, Tszyu is a wild card. Horn, however, will make sure to take him as seriously as possible.
“Fighting him now is definitely earlier in his career but I can’t underestimate him,” Horn went on to say. “He’s a great fighter, he’s got it in his blood and he’s going to come out swinging. He could quite likely be a multiple world champion one day and replicate what his dad did.”
The two were set to fight in April, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. A new date has not been announced yet.