Horn Wants Brant-Murata II Winner After Zerafa
Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is looking to become a boxing world champion yet again, and he already has a title and next opponent in mind after his upcoming August fight.
Horn returns to the ring on August 31, facing Michael Zerafa in Bendigo, Australia.
Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao for the WBO championship in controversial fashion in his home country of Australia at the start of July 2017. The Australian boxer made one successful title defense with a late stoppage of Gary Corcoran but was defeated for the title by Terence Crawford in June 2018.
Horn has had one fight since, getting a first-round knockout of Anthony Mundine.
Horn hopes with a win over Zerafa, he can earn a crack at the winner of the WBA “Regular” Middleweight Championship fight between Rob Brant and Ryoto Murata that takes place next week. It will be the second encounter between the pair, with Brant winning the title in dominant fashion the first time around.
“They are both very good fighters and both of them would be hard to beat,” Horn said. “Brant has that come forward, non-stop style which can be very exhausting. Murata has a bit of skill behind him. I think he is a bit more skillful than Brant. It will be hard either way.
I have to get through Zerafa. He is a big risk to be taking. I didn’t want a easy fight. Zerafa is one of the best in Australia.
And to that end, Zerafa says none of Horn’s wins have impressed him and feels Horn shouldn’t expect a title shot any time soon.
“I think they have overlooked me. We are going out there to make a statement and prove a point,” Zerafa said. “I truly believe I will knock Jeff Horn out. To be honest, he doesn’t really impress me much. He has fought a 44-year-old Mundine and an outdated Pacquiao. I am neither of them. He has underestimated me, big time. I think him and his team have made a big mistake.”
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