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Jeff Horn dismisses ‘boy with a man’s name’ Tszyu

Jeff Horn dismisses ‘boy with a man’s name’ Tszyu

ANTICIPATION towards an eventual fight between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu is beginning to build.

With a potential clash between Australia’s two biggest active names brewing in recent months, a fight that was once seen as a novelty, is started to be seriously entertained by both parties.

Speaking on the pay-per-view broadcast of Tszyu’s dominant win over Dwight Ritchie, Horn (19-1-1, 13 KOs) took the opportunity to take aim at his unbeaten rival, making reference to Tszyu’s famous father, Kostya.

“Look, Tim Tszyu is still a boy with a man’s name,” said Horn.

“He’s still holding onto that Tszyu name. He’s still got to build himself up a little bit more yet. Sure, he’s one of the best in Australia in that weight division.

“He’s making inroads [and] he’s doing great things for the sport. Is he ready yet for that massive fight? I don’t know. I’d like to see him against some world class opposition.”

Deep in preparation for a fight of his own this month, Horn was quick to serve a reminder to the audience, citing his looming challenge against former Commonwealth titleholder, Michael Zerafa.

The 31-year-old heads to regional Victoria, facing Zerafa (26-3, 15 KOs) in his first fight as a fully-fledged middleweight in Bendigo.

“I definitely have a massive task in front of me in a couple of weeks time against Michael Zerafa,” he continued.

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“Definitely not looking past Michael, I’m training hard for you mate. I’m training hard for this fight and getting ready for August 31st in Bendigo.”

Horn’s thoughts were echoed by fellow commentator and former IBF super featherweight ruler Barry Michael, who likens the rivalry to the biggest domestic fight of the modern era.

“At same stage, definitely. It’s great for Australian boxing.” added Michael.

“It’s great that we’ve got these all Australian matches between world class fighters. It’s what Australian boxing needs, I’d like to see a lot more of it. At some stage, yeah, I’d like to see Jeff in there with Tim Tszyu.

“Hopefully everything goes well for the two of you. It could end up being another Mundine-Green sorta’ thing.”

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