Former world champion Billy Dib doesn’t give Jeff Horn a chance of beating Michael Zerafa in their December rematch and believes The Hornet has taken too much punisment since his breakthrough win over Manny Pacquiao in 2017.
Two years after shocking the world by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium, Horn was stopped in nine rounds by a more powerful Zerafa in Bendigo.
In between those two fights, Horn defended his WBO welterweight world title against Gary Corcoran, lost the belt to Terence Crawford and knocked out Anthony Mundine in 90 seconds.
Horn’s win over Pacquiao triggered a rise in boxing in Australia, but Dib thinks it’s taken too much out of the former school teacher.
“I just feel that fight against Manny Pacquiao took a lot out of him. It was a great effort by him, but I really felt that was the one and last time we’ll see a really good effort out of Jeff Horn.
“I don’t think he’s got it in him any more.
“Sometimes in a fight something breaks and I believe on that night, something broke with him and I don’t see him beating Zerafa at all.
“That really happens. I’ve had that feeling where you’ve pushed so hard in the fight that you feel like something’s not the same anymore. And I feel like Horn – what a great effort to beat Manny Pacquiao – but let me show you how great Manny Pacquiao is. Manny Pacquiao is back and has won world titles again.
“Jeff Horn will never do that again. It was that one night that will forever be in history, but he’ll never do that again.”