We have neglected Australian boxer Jeff Horn for a considerable time, but he is back on the radar, as it appears he is going to get into the ring with Tim Tszyu in late April.
At stake: the claim of being Australia’s top boxer.
Since Horn did his Rocky Balboa and beat Manny Pacquiao in 2017, Horn was beaten in Las Vegas by Terence Crawford in a championship fight where Horn was again an underdog.
Horn was simply no match for Crawford and boxing away from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane certainly did not aid Horn’s cause.
He came back to Australia and needed less than two minutes to send Anthony Mundine to the canvas. It is hard to say why that fight took place, unless it was to help Mundine financially. It most definitely did not result in Mundine getting another chance with a NRL club.
Horn had two fights with Michael Zerafa. Zerafa won the first fight in Bendigo. Horn won the second meeting on points.
Tszyu was there at Suncorp when Horn beat Pacquiao, a memory from which Tszyu derived some inspiration.
“What Jeff did in stepping up to Manny Pacquiao is a true example of what any fighter can achieve,” Tszyu said on Tuesday in Sydney following the signing of the contract to fight Horn. “It was an inspiration and it does inspire me to go to that next level.”
For his part, Horn mentioned that he took Zerafa lightly the first time they fought and learned a valuable lesson about not taking any opponent lightly.
The fight will be held at the super welterweight class, but it has yet to be determined where. The day of the week is Wednesday, so, if the fight is held, as some anticipate, at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium, there will be no scheduling conflict with any of the other tenants, by which we mean any of the rugby and soccer teams that use the new gem of a stadium in Parramatta.
The fight will be for 10 rounds and the purse will be split Horn 60, Tszyu 40 percent.