Determined Horn digs down deep
By Anthony Cocks
A vastly improved Jeff Horn 20-2-1 (13) outmuscled and outhustled Michael Zerafa 27-4 (16) in their middleweight clash to win a majority decision over 10 rounds at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night.
The fight was a rematch of the duo’s fight in Bendigo four months ago that Zerafa won by ninth-round knockout.
Former WBO welterweight champion Horn was in much better physical condition the second time around as he set the pace early and remained the aggressor through much of the contest.
As can be expected in a Horn fight, he was cut early, but expert cutman Stephen Edwards stemmed the flow of claret and it was never a factor in the fight.
Horn continually backed up the naturally bigger Zerafa and banked many of the early rounds, opening a cut over Zerafa’s right eye in round five.
Despite the blood Zerafa rallied in the middle rounds to gut his way back into the bout.
Horn has a bad history in the ninth round and it looked like it was coming back to haunt him when Zerafa rocked him with a right hand bomb, but the 31-year-old Queenslander mounted a stunning comeback to drop Zerafa twice.
With the hometown crowd behind him, Horn finished the show in the tenth to run away with the victory by scores of 98-90, 97-92 and a surprisingly close 94-94.
The victory will likely set up a big money fight between Horn and rising star Tim Tszyu at junior middleweight in Sydney in the first half of 2020.