Australian boxers Jeff Horn and Michael Zerafa square off tonight (August 31) at Bendigo Stadium in Bendigo, Australia. The pair meets in the scheduled for ten rounds championship bout with WBA Oceania middleweight title on the line.
In his previous bout last November Jeff Horn (19-1-1, 13 KO) stopped his Australian fellow Anthony Mundine in the first round to take WBA Oceania and WBO Oriental middleweight belts. Before that the 31-year-old Brisbane boxer suffered the first defeat in his professional boxing career when he lost WBO World Welterweight title by TKO in the ninth round against Terence Crawford, which snapped his undefeated streak including a notable victory over Manny Pacquiao earned in July 2017.
Terence Crawford TKO's Jeff Horn, becomes new WBO WW champion https://t.co/bzs71prgRz
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) June 11, 2018
Michael Zerafa (26-3, 15 KO) of Melbourne won his previous outing this past April by knockout in the second round against Les Sherrington. Before that 27-year-old dropped a unanimous decision against Kell Brook, which also snapped his eight-fight win streak.
A day before the fight show the competitors stepped on the scales to make it official. The defending WBA Oceania middleweight champion, Horn weighed-in at 72.5 kg. The challenger, Zerafa declared 72.3 kg.
The Horn vs. Zerafa bout tops the event billed as “Battle of Bendigo”. The complete lineup can be found below (via Foxsports.com.au).
Horn vs. Zerafa fight card
WBA Oceania middleweight title / 10 rounds
Jeff Horn vs. Michael Zerafa
Super Bantamweight / 10 rounds
Brock Jarvis v. Ernesto Saulong
Light Heavyweight / 6 rounds
Isaac Hardman vs. Mitchell Whitelaw
Heavyweight / 6 rounds
Joseph Goodall vs. Christian Tsoye
Super welterweight / 6 rounds
Andrew Hunt vs. Ankush Hooda
Super Bantamweight / 6 rounds
Shannon O’Connell vs Bianca Elmir
Middleweight / 6 rounds
Damien Lock vs Bo Belbin
Featherweight / 4 rounds
Lorrinda Webb vs. Rianne Ware