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Jeff Horn lands a blow to Michael Zerafa during the Australian middleweight competition

Shock as Aussie boxing champion Jeff Horn is eliminated by underdog Michael Zerafa in the Battle of Bendigo

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Jeff Horn & # 39; s shot at a middleweight world boxing title in December appears to have been smashed after he was outboxed and stopped in the ninth round by Victorian Michael Zerafa in Bendigo.

Horn was dropped in the second and ninth round and a barrage of shots after the final knockout prompted the referee to stop the game at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night.

Zerafa (27-3, 15 KOs) used his shot excellently and moved well, so that Horn could rarely come in and put him under pressure, which earned him a regional title.

Jeff Horn lands a blow to Michael Zerafa during the Australian middleweight competition

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Jeff Horn lands a blow to Michael Zerafa during the Australian middleweight competition

Michael Zerafa celebrates beating Jeff Horn during the Australian middleweight fight

Michael Zerafa celebrates beating Jeff Horn during the Australian middleweight fight

Michael Zerafa celebrates beating Jeff Horn during the Australian middleweight fight

At the time of the interruption, Zerafa led three points on two jury cards and seven on the third.

& # 39; I am not surprised, & # 39; said Zerafa.

It was Horn & # 39; s first loss to an Australian professional.

& # 39; I'm a little broken … I just felt very slow, & # 39; said Horn.

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Horn (19-2-1, 13 KOs) began to assert himself in the third, landed his first major shots, but was also cut over his left eye after a head collision.

Horn was tagged with more rights in the fourth and Zerarfa stuck his left jab in the face of the Queenslander.

Horn worked his way back in the fifth and started on the sixth, but the Victorian came back strong at the end of the final round.

Zerafa landed some more big rights in the eighth and by the end of that round he showed to the public.

Horn (19-2-1, 13 KOs) began to assert himself in the third, landed his first major shots, but was also cut over his left eye after a head collision

Horn (19-2-1, 13 KOs) began to assert himself in the third, landed his first major shots, but was also cut over his left eye after a head collision

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Horn (19-2-1, 13 KOs) began to assert himself in the third, landed his first major shots, but was also cut over his left eye after a head collision

Zerafa landed some more big rights in the eighth and by the end of that round he showed to the public

Zerafa landed some more big rights in the eighth and by the end of that round he showed to the public

Zerafa landed some more big rights in the eighth and by the end of that round he showed to the public

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