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Ryota Murata vs Jeff Horn fight being planned

Horn has to get past Michael Zerafa on Aug. 31, and the winner would have to fight Rob Brant.

Jeff Horn Training Session Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former welterweight titleholder Jeff Horn is set to return to the ring on Aug. 31 in Australia, when he faces countryman Michael Zerafa in a 12-round middleweight bout, defending the WBA Oceania title he won against Anthony Mundine last November.

Should Horn (19-1-1, 13 KO) come through with a victory as expected, ESPN reports that there are already plans to match the 31-year-old “Hornet” against WBA “world” titleholder Ryota Murata, with the winner of that fight then obligated to face Rob Brant, who has a rematch clause following his loss to Murata in July, and has said he plans to exercise it.

Murata (15-2, 12 KO) and Horn could surely do big business for a fight, as Murata is very popular in Japan as a former Olympic gold medalist and now what you can call a two-time world champion as a pro if you’re being nice, and who doesn’t like being nice? And Horn has a lot of name value, too, as a man who beat Manny Pacquiao if you’re being nice. Let’s just be nice.

Zerafa (26-3, 15 KO) shouldn’t be totally counted out against Horn, I suppose — I mean if Horn doesn’t take it seriously or something, it could be an issue. Zerafa, 27, is a limited fighter, but always game.

If we get Murata-Horn, who do you like in that one?

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