Fenech: Zerafa can upset Horn

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (19-1-1, 13 KOs) could be in line for an upset loss at the hands of fellow Australian Michael “Pretty Boy” Zerafa (26-3, 15 KOs) when they clash on August 31 at the Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Victoria. according to Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech.

“Zerafa has always been a good fighter,” Fenech told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “But he looked brilliant against (2016 Olympian) Daniel Lewis who was recently sparring a world champ Daniel Jacobs in America. I was blown away. Zerafa is a lot bigger than Horn and he looks to have gone up a gear or two with his boxing. I think Horn is going to get a huge shock at this guy’s speed and talent.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Horn’s for a long time. He is a gentleman outside the ring and a tremendous, hard-working fighter. But watching Zerafa sparring today I just had to say `Wow — good luck Jeff because this guy is dynamite at the moment.

“If Zerafa takes that form into the ring in Bendigo I think he is a huge chance to cause a huge upset.”

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  • I hope Zerafa puts in a better performance than he did against Kell Brook.

    Horn fought a Pacquiao who Pacquiao thought he would walk through. He was then absolutely schooled by Crawford.

    This is market realignment. Horn never should have beaten Pac and Zerafa couldn’t beat a Brook having a terrible night.

    Both fighters are good Australian domestic fighters. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, but neither belong in international conversations.

    • I believe Horn vs. Munguia or Bran Castaño could a rerrific all action fight, Bateman

  • Who are these guys??? O yeh, Horn.., the dirty fighter that got a hometown gift decision against pacquiao a few years back. & The other guy.. no idea

  • I think I can sit down and watch rounds 2 to 12 of Horn vs Pacquiao, and rounds 2 to 12 of Pacquiao vs Thurman, then say that Thurman won 5 rounds between 2 to 12. As for Jeff Horn from rounds 2 to 12 vs Pacquiao, I am wondering if you can say he won 6 rounds from 2 to 12. Horn won the 1st round vs Pacquiao, and pushed him off the 1st time Pacquiao tried to hold him at 1:40 of the round. If Horn just won 5 of rounds 2 to 12, (like Thurman) he probably truly earned a draw, or lost by 1 point (if the fight was scored straight up, and not hometown gifted to him). As for Zerafa, this is his hometown fight. So Horn won’t get a gift there, he’ll have to really win it. It will prove who is the best Aussie 154 pounder, and the winner may fight Tim Tszyu or Jack Brubaker.

  • Horn is a good fighter. He would fight Crawford again, just not at 147. The same with Pacquiao. If either of those guys wanted to fight Horn in Australia in late 2019 or early 2020, Horn would probably try to make 147, or may agree to make 149 lbs (like Terry Norris vs Meldric Taylor had a contract weight for in 1992). It depends on if Horn beats Zerafa. As for the judges of Horn vs Pacquiao, after the rescore, everyone gave Pacquiao round 8 but one official judge. So Horn maybe should have gotten a majority decision instead of a unanimous decision.
    Horn got the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 12th across the board. The 2nd, 10th, and 11th were toss up rounds across the board. I can see a Horn win by 1 or 2 points, I can see a draw, or a Horn loss by 1 to 3 points. It was close regardless. I don’t see Pacquiao winning more than 7 rounds, and it’s a close call to say if the 9th was a 10-9 or a 10-8.

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