Jeff Horn sets out to revive his career during a clash with Michael Zerfa at Bendigo Stadium in Bendigo, Australia on August 5th.
The former WBO welterweight champion, who did not fight after Anthony Mundin’s 5-second fight last November, will be named in the first fight as a full-fledged middleweight.
“The time and energy in this medium weight range was extraordinary. I really, really like sitting at this weight. Horn told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I think I’ll do it again beautifully and be happy to go down in peace and fight.”
“For the whole fight, I (middleweight) should fight better and harder. I usually have bad goals … Round nine hasn’t been great. In my fights I have to push that little lower, hoping it doesn’t happen at a higher weight. ”
Zeraffa, 2, who dropped a 12 round point decision to Kell Brook in the UK last December, feels that the integral is generally under the skin of the horn.
“Michael Zerfa talked to me, Mundine did the same. See what happened to him, “the 31-year-old Queenslander said.” When I saw him, he was smiling and arrogant, the way he speaks to you, the way he speaks, the way he says I can’t box and he will snatch me.
“There are some things that fall under my skin. At night all came down to fight. I never say that I’m going to scatter people … but it would be nice to have some knock on it.
Horn dropped the chance to face Japan’s Rito Murata earlier this year to be available for the birth of his second daughter.
But despite being away from the ring, his name is still on the lips of a number of fighters, most notably the rising star Tim Sizu who repeatedly called on former world champions to fight.
“I hear Tim Siziu say he’s the best in Australia, who’s number one anyway. He says he is the face of Australian boxing. His father was number one in his time … He (the team) has some work to do. He has some good wins but still has to prove himself, “Horn said.
“He’s right at the Australian title level. In all other divisions, there are other people who have fought all over the world against their top opponents. He still hasn’t done it.
“The highlight of this fight was … Michael Zerafa is one of Australia’s best in the weight division. Team Sajiu was not in that category. If I take Team Sizzai’s fight, people will say I’m fighting a kid who has never fought a world-class opponent and is not ready. ”
Horn is reported to be throwing back $ 2 million to fight Murtha, but if he succeeds against Zerfa, the fight could be rescheduled later in the year.