Jeff Horn’s brutal verdict exposes Michael Zerafa before Tim Tszyu fight

Former world champion Jeff Horn has given a grim verdict for Michael Zerafa ahead of his showdown with Tim Tszyu.

While Tszyu and Zerafa exchanged heated words during Thursday’s press conference, the most brutal blow has now been delivered by Horn.

The press conference announced the pair will settle their public war of words at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on July 7 where Tszyu’s WBO global super welterweight title will be on the line.

It is a backflip for Tszyu, who had previously shown no interest in fighting Zerafa before his immediate world title shot was dashed.

The 26-year-old son of Aussie legend Tim Tszyu has been on a tear as an 18-0 fighter, earning his spot as the presumed No. 1 contender for the unified WBO, IBF, WBA and WBC super welterweight world titles.

It’s why Horn believes Tszyu will put Zerafa down in July.

Horn has stepped into the ring against Tszyu and Zerafa. His two blockbuster fights against Zerafa were split. But his career was ended last year when Tszyu scored a brutal stoppage victory.

Having experienced first hand what they can do, Horn is calling a significant win for Tszyu.

“I’m pretty confident Tim Tszyu will get the victory in this one,” Horn told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jeff Horn vs. Tim Tszyu at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Picture: Alix SweeneySource:News Corp Australia

“He’s got a bit more skills and his confidence is skyrocketing at the moment. Zerafa, as confident as he sounds, has probably got a few doubts in his mind.

“He’s had some time off and Tim has been very busy. There’s a few things that are going Tim’s way.

“It’s hard to beat someone with the confidence that Tim has got, plus he’s got the skills as well. He’s doing very well at the moment.”

He predicts Tszyu will score a stoppage victory and won’t need the judges to make a decision.

Tszyu said earlier on Thursday his goal remains to make the step up to the global stage — after dispatching Zerafa.

“I’m ready for the big boys already, I’m an old school fighter, these boys have a few jabs, a few crosses, they don’t build them the same way, everyone is soft these days,” Tszyu said.

His knockout win over Dennis Hogan in March strengthened his claim to be the next in line to fight Brian Castano or Jermell Charlo for the unified WBO, IBF, WBA and WBC super welterweight titles.

Charlo and Castano will fight on July 17.

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Tim Tszyu reacts after winning the WBO Global Super Welterweight title against Dennis Hogan at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on March 31, 2021 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

For now though, Tszyu’s attention is on settling his squabble with Zerafa.

“This is the final piece of the puzzle,” Tszyu said during Thursday’s announcement.

“After everything he’s been saying and all the disrespect for all these months and years, this time it’s personal.

“I said I’d take (Dennis) Hogan’s soul. This is more than that. I want to do even more than that.”

Tszyu also labelled Zerafa a YouTuber.

Zerafa fired back by taking shots towards Tszyu’s family connections.

“If his name was Tim Smith nobody would care about him, he uses TT2, that means he’s always going to be second-best in his family” referring to Tim’s father Kostya Tszyu.

Zerafa later told News Corp: “July 7 is going to be fireworks, I’m going to put a full stop to Tim Tszyu.

“He’s never fought anyone with my power, my timing, my speed, my style.

“You can’t figure anyone out, what he thinks and what I know are two different things. He can watch whatever he wants to watch and think whatever he wants to think, as soon as that overhand right lands, then we can talk.”

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