Australian boxing prospect Jeff Horn will fight Brazilian Fernando Ferreira da Silva for two regional welterweight titles in Auckland on Saturday.
Hot Australian boxing prospect Jeff Horn has the chance to continue his speedy rise in the professional ranks when he fights a world-ranked opponent for two international titles in New Zealand on Saturday.
Horn (7-0-1, 6 KOs) defends his WBO Oriental welterweight title against Brazilian Fernando Ferreira da Silva (32-3-1, 24 KOs), on the undercard of the heavyweight bout between rising New Zealand star Joseph Parker and American Brian Minto in Auckland.
They will also square off for the vacant Pan Asian Boxing Association title, with that organisation affiliated to the WBA, in which da Silva is ranked 13th.
Horn’s trainer-manager Glenn Rushton hopes a win will secure his charge a world ranking.
Horn’s Oriental title would normally qualify him for a world ranking, but the WBO doesn’t usually rate a boxer until he’s had at least 10 bouts.
The 26-year-old Queenslander has wasted no time since turning professional after making the Olympic light-welterweight quarter-finals in London two years ago.
Rushton makes no secret he is targeting a No.1 world ranking by the end of next year.
Horn’s record already includes a couple of notable scalps in two-time IBF junior welterweight title contender Naoufel Ben Rabah and former WBO Oriental welterweight title holder Samuel Colomban.
Da Silva (32-3-1, 24 KOs) has lost just one of his past 20 bouts.
He has won a number of regional titles in the lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight divisions.
“He’s obviously a serious opponent and he’s a puncher. It should be a very colourful and interesting fight,” Rushton told AAP.
“He’s got a KO record of 66.6 per cent and Jeff has got one of 75 per cent, so you put two bulls in a paddock like that, you are going to expect some fireworks.”
Rushton said he already had another world-ranked opponent lined up for Horn later in the year after the fighter gets married.