Jeff Horn will take on Michael Zerafa in an all-Aussie showdown as the former welterweight world champion looks to legitimise his move to the middleweight division.
The two will face off on Saturday, August 31 in Bendigo in a fight that Horn will be hoping paves the way for bigger and better things within the division.
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Having most recently fought — if you count the 96 seconds against Anthony Mundine — in November of last year, Horn (19-1-1) is looking to be more active going forward.
And Zerafa is the start of the plan.
The 27-year-old will be a far tougher test than Mundine was for Horn; Zerafa 26-3-0 on his career.
“We’re excited, me and the team … I think they’ve overlooked me,” Zerafa said at the official press conference. “We’re going out there to make a statement and prove a point, and I truly believe I will knock Jeff Horn out.”
With Horn chasing another crack at boxing’s elite, another dominant win is his only option forward in a bout that lacks the same name recognition of some of his past opponents.
Horn famously dethroned Manny Pacquiao in 2017, before having his WBO belt taken by pound-for-pound superstar Terrence Crawford last year.
“I’ve hand-picked him [Zerafa] because he’s the best in Australia,” Horn told reporters.
“He’s one of the best there is at the weight. So, I need a challenge to want to train hard and focus on a fight, and that’s exactly why I picked him.”