Jeff Horn vs Michael Zerafa

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Jeff Horn vs Michael Zerafa
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Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Location: 
Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Middleweight Oceania Title (Horn's 1st defence)
Referee: 
Ferlin Marsh

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Fan Cards: Jeff Horn vs Michael Zerafa


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
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Total
JEFF HORN
9
8
9
9
10
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9
9
73
MICHAEL ZERAFA
10
10
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9
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10
78


Comments

Gold's picture

Really hope this is picked up as an ESPN+ fight, it would be criminal if it were only available in Australia.

Champion97's picture

Highly likely they will, given Horn is well known for the Pacquiao fight, Zerafa made a good account of himself against Brook, and ESPN picks up a lot of fights around the world.

Gold's picture

I think they probably will as they picked up Horn vs. Mundine, but the rights on Australian fights are messed up, they will likely have to pay PPV for this. Terrible for the sport in Australia, having Horn, Tszyu, the Moloneys, etc on free TV could go a long way to building it up.

Is this at 154?

petieroach's picture

its at a catchweight of 155 lbs so close enough

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Horn beat Pacquiao, and he doesn't get enough credit for it, he beat a legend, fair and square, and as we now know, not a shot boxing legend. Horn got dominated and stopped against Crawford, but there is no shame in that, he isn't on Crawford's level, isn't a great fighter, but he's a good fighter.

Zerafa did his reputation no harm against Brook in December, he lost, it was not close, but it was competitive, Brook couldn't stop him, Zerafa was in the fight, gave it a great effort. Zerafa wasn't expected to go the distance against Brook, he got knocked out in 5 rounds against Quillin, and very wide to Arif Magomedov, so he was a big underdog, it wasn't supposed to be a tough fight for Brook, but it was.

Zerefa doesn't have any wins over Horn's win over Pacquiao, has been in against Brook, Quillin, so has that world level experience, but he hasn't been in against Crawford, no record of any amateur experience whatsoever, Horn was in the 2012 Olympics, got to the quarterfinals, also got to the quarterfinals in the world amateur championships in 2011, so the higher level experience, the pedigree, overall, is with Horn.

Zerafa has fought at middleweight many times, he fought at super middleweight, against a light heavyweight in his last fight, he is very big for 154, I think size was a factor against Brook, Horn is a career welterweight, this fight is at 155, so Zerafa should definitely be able to make the weight without being weight drained. Zerafa has a size advantage, if will be interesting to see if he can push Horn back, Horn used lateral movement against Pacquiao, he is nimble, although his style is mostly come forward, aggressive, he isn't a fighter who has no answer when he's pushed onto the back foot, but still, the fight will be more interesting, it will be tough for Horn if he can't bully Zerafa.

Horn has been out for 9 months, not that long, but more time than ideal, and his last fight, although it was a fight, lasted half a round, against Mundine, who is as shot as any fighter can be, Horn hasn't been 2 minutes in a fight for 14-15 months, and Zerefa went 12 rounds against Kell Brook a week after Horn knocked out Mundine, and also had a tune up against Les Sherrington, so activity is on Zerafa's side if anything.

I think Brook is slightly better than Horn, but Horn is younger than Brook was when he fought Zerafa, he's 31, Horn, so he's not young himself, but he might be closer to his prime than Brook. I think beating Horn is more or less as big an ask for Zerafa as beating Brook was.

I think this will be a competitive fight, but not close, I think Horn is a level above Zerafa, and he'll beat him at least 116-112, I think he'll struggle to hurt Zerafa because of the size, will need more volume to do damage, will struggle to out hustle Zerafa, but I think he will win more rounds by landing more clean punches, will have more variety, better defence, and although it will be a good fight, Horn will beat Zerafa similar to how Brook beat him.

Gold's picture

The great Horn has fallen. Murata is spared

Champion97's picture

Horn's already done himself proud, beat a non-shot Pacquiao, was a world champion, but where does he go from here? Probably time to retire I would say, that's 3 very damaging fights, he's 31, will only decline.

Murata would have destroyed Horn

It's better for him he didn't get that fight

So far, this fight is all but impossible to find online, as of yesterday that still appeared to be the case. I've not yet looked round this AM though. Saw a fan made highlight video that mentioned this issue and he put it to most likely having been caused by the Loma/Campbell fight which, he didn't say there was an overlap between the two events, but that they weren't very far apart in the starting of one and the ending of the other. Also, the only highlights I see show a UFC logo in upper right corner of the screen, which i imagine means that the fight aired on UFC Fight Pass, maybe not in Oz, but probably a vast chunk of the remaining English speaking quarters of the world. If that's the case then I can easily see how it is that the fight slipped under the radar non Oz fight fans. I wonder if, at the time when the TV particulars for this fight were being sorted out, Horn and/or his management had any disappointment at not landing a larger platform to broadcast the fight because, with the way it ended up playing out for Horn...not a very good look to the majority of boxing fans who, for many various reasons, the biggest one being anything to do with the Pac fight and decision. Regardless of those reasons being fact or fiction, more fans than not just absolutely dislike Horn, as well as, and almost equally, trainer Glenn Rushton. I'm certainly not a fan, but i don't dislike him over anything, and most certainly not his getting a decision in a fight which, to my eyes, he lost. That's not Horn's fault tho, and with most fans it seems Horn's reputation is one of a "guilt by association" type scenario.
Fin
Mario
PS: Holy holy Horn balls, Pacman! As bad as the beating Horn took, and as bad, and most certainly overdo as the ref's stoppage was, both Zerafa and the ref just worked their way onto many a Pacfan's Christmas card mailing list