Jeff Horn had both Michael Zerafa's name and number as he earned revenge in their middleweight boxing rematch in a bloody war in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
Horn scored a majority points win in front of a raucous sellout crowd at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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But there were farcical scenes before the bout when Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton opted to choose the second pair of gloves made for Zerafa over the ones made for his own fighter.
Pictures of the gloves bearing Zerafa's name did the rounds on social media, with commentators and fans gobsmacked that Horn would wear his rival’s gloves.
Nothing like boxing for a bit of the bizarre. Jeff Horn will enter the ring wearing Michael Zerafa's spare gloves. They have Zerafa on the thumbs. This is madness. Madness I say #hornzerafa2— Brent Read (@brentread_7) December 18, 2019
Perhaps the first time in boxing history that one fighter has the name of his opponent on his gloves. Horn is now using Zerafa-branded gloves because trainer Rushton didn't like feel of ones that arrived for Horn today #HornZerafa2— Jamie Pandaram (@JamiePandaram) December 18, 2019
So these are the gloves Jeff Horn will wear for the fight. Rushton felt these gloves would become harder during the fight than Horn’s, wanted a level playing field so have taken Zerafa’s second pair pic.twitter.com/ebJ9mrBPKg— Jamie Pandaram (@JamiePandaram) December 18, 2019
Truly bizarre to see Horn walk into the ring wearing Zerafa’s gloves. Great promo for Zerafa’s merchandise pic.twitter.com/0E1YM1WhhX— Jamie Pandaram (@JamiePandaram) December 18, 2019
Wow, I’m sure Everlast would be over the moon on Rushton’s call here - Horn to wear Zerafa’s braded Rival gloves rather than his custom made branded Everlast gloves. As Lennon said - Keep playing those mind games together #ozboxing #boxing https://t.co/6sFhSWvNyp— Adam Auld (@Adam_Auld) December 18, 2019
You can’t make this stuff up... Horn is about to wear his opponent’s gloves (clearly see ‘Zerafa’ on them!!) to fight against him after a glove issue right before the bout. Aus boxing is better than this surely??? https://t.co/5Yfk9PuhmA— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) December 18, 2019
Rushton reportedly thought Horn’s gloves had too much padding and that Zerafa’s would become a lot harder as the fight progressed.
Horn gets his revenge
One judge scored the contest as a 94-all draw but the other two had Horn winning 98-90 and 97-92, as he took WBA and WBO regional titles off Zerafa.
The ninth round hasn't been kind to Horn in his previous big fights, being stopped by Zerafa and Terence Crawford and taking a beating from Manny Pacquio, but it was the round in which he sealed Wednesday's victory and revenge.
A desperate Zerafa, who had struggled to impose himself for most of the fight, launched a desperate attack and landed several right hands against a tiring Horn.
But the Queenslander dug deep, finding two big rights of his own to floor Zerarfa twice in the last 35 seconds of the ninth.
This guy said...Horn came back from the dead https://t.co/EIX1xUgvak— Robbie Renaldi (@RobbieRenaldi) December 18, 2019
With loud chants of "Hornet" echoing around the sold out venue, the 31-year-old was much more successful at closing the distance than he was in their first fight in August.
He applied pressure throughout the fight and rarely allowed Zearfa to find the rhythm he demonstrated in their bout in Bendigo.
Horn made it more of a brawl but also used his jab well in addition to landing some clubbing right-hand blows.
Zerafa started to find his rhythm in round three, landing his best right-hand shots of the bout.
But Horn reasserted himself in round four and found the target regularly with his jab in the fifth to open up a cut over Zerafa's left eye.
Horn started the sixth well but Zerafa landed some good rights later in the round.
The Victorian entered the ring with the Aboriginal flag as a tribute to Dwight Ritchie who died following a sparring session they had in November.
Horn signalled his intent right from the start throwing a wild right-hand in the opening seconds.
He was cut over his left eye in the first round and at one stage pushed his opponent to the floor.
Referee John Cauci cautioned Horn in the second round for hitting the back of the head;
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