The man who stands in the way of Jeff Horn and another world title shot, Michael Zerafa, says Horn’s short-lived bout against Anthony Mundine put his career in reverse and damaged his credibility beyond the repair of any lucrative pay day.
After a long lay-off and less than two minutes of action as he ended Mundine’s career last November, the former welterweight champion will be back in the ring at middleweight as he meets Melbourne’s Zerafa (26-3-0) Zerafa vs Horn in Bendigo on August 31.
For Horn (19-1-1), Zerafa is an unashamed domestic tune-up as he and his management position themselves to fight the winner of the Rob Brant and Ryoto Murata for the WBA middleweight belt later in the year, potentially another stadium affair on home turf.
But Zerafa, who lost a unanimous decision to British star Kell Brook in Sheffield at the end of 2018, will hardly be patting Horn on the back on the way through to the next fight. The Melbourne product is tough, cocky and has already found a way to get on Horn’s nerve, which takes some doing.