Former welterweight titleholder Jeff Horn appeared headed for a shot at a secondary middleweight title before his Aug. 31 bout in Australia with Michael Zerafa, but things went quite poorly, to say the least, as Zerafa pulled a big upset, stopping Horn in the ninth round of their fight at Bendigo Stadium.
Now, the 31-year-old Horn (19-2-1, 13 KO) has decided to exercise a rematch clause and go back in with Zerafa (27-3, 16 KO), with his team saying the fight should happen by the end of the year in December , Horn vs Zerafa 2
“I’m hungry for the win on this one. I hate losing and I really feel like I can do better than I did last time, and I’m willing to prove it,” Horn said. “It’s not easy to decide to want to go back, especially against a guy that’s just stopped you in the last fight. But I feel like I’ve got a lot more to offer and I feel like I can do a lot better the second time.”
“I needed to have this fight. This fight is the one that motivates me,” he added.
Horn was a strong favorite against Zerafa, favored around -750 at close. The 27-year-old Zerafa had had opportunities in the past, and was knocked out brutally by Peter Quillin in 2015, then outpointed over 12 rounds by Kell Brook in Dec. 2018.