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Rob Brant vs Jeff Horn being discussed

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The WBA secondary titleholder could make his next defense in Australia.

Ryota Murata v Rob Brant Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Rob Brant, the WBA’s secondary “world” titleholder at middleweight, could be headed to Australia for his second title defense, as ESPN reports that there have been discussions with Top Rank about Brant facing Jeff Horn.

Brant (25-1, 17 KO) won the belt last October, dominating Ryota Murata in what was considered by most to be a pretty big upset. The 28-year-old Minnesota native returned to his home state on Feb. 15, making a successful first defense against Khasan Baysangurov, stopping Baysangurov in the 11th round.

Horn (19-1-1, 13 KO) is a former welterweight titleholder still best known for his 2017 upset of Manny Pacquiao, a debated decision. He made a successful defense that December against Gary Corcoran, but was thrashed by Terence Crawford in June 2018, losing his belt.

Horn followed that loss with a return home to Australia to face Anthony Mundine in a catchweight bout a bit north of the junior middleweight limit. Horn stopped Mundine in 96 seconds.