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BOXING: JEFF HORN VS MICHAEL ZERAFA

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THE BATTLE OF BENDIGO

Australia’s current highest ranking boxer will make his Victorian debut in Bendigo on Saturday 31 August.

It wasn’t that long ago that Jeff Horn was in a similar position to Michael Zerafa. The unheralded underdog waiting for a career-changing moment, that eventually came.

Zerafa sits in this position and knows he’ll need to bring everything he has to knock off the country’s golden boy. However the Melbourne product is tough, and cocky and has already found a way to get on Horn’s nerve. The 27 had this to say on the Horn vs Mundine fight.

“It was a farce, and while it made Horn a pretty penny, it painted him as a bully content to beat up boxers well past their prime.

I wasn’t overly impressed. There wasn’t much to watch, he was fighting a 44-year old has-been. He thinks he’s stronger at middleweight but he can’t brag about it, he’ll learn the hard way.”

Horn, a crowd favourite given his unlikely rise to the elite tiers of boxing and his reputation as one of the friendliest characters in Australian sport it seems isn’t hungry in the sport anymore.

That was until he met and listened to Zerafa, who after his comments managed to re-ignite the competitive juices, who even with his impressive resume, still finds himself being told he’s overrated.

“I don’t know if I’m as hungry as I used to be. But I’m still hungry, especially when I come face-to-face with guys like that. I want to shut the mouths that keep opening and saying how bad I am and how bad my performances are. That’s frustrating; I really want to show him that I’m not done.”

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Jeff Horn vs Michael Zerafa

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