Last week, Rob Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) retained his WBA “regular” middleweight title with an eleventh round stoppage of Khasan Baysangurov in Minnesota.
In the aftermath, one of the potential opponents being kicked around was former welterweight champion Jeff Horn (19-1-1, 13 KOs).
Last November, Horn moved up to a catch-weight, only a few pounds away from the middleweight limit of 160, and blew away Australian rival Anthony Mundine in less than two minutes.
Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, is on very good terms with Brant’s co-promoter, Top Rank.
Lonergan is very interested in the possibility of making the Brant vs. Horn fight a reality.
He’s already sizing up the fight and believes Horn has a very good shot at unseating Brant.
“We thought Jeff went really well at the higher weight (against Mundine). We’ve only just started discussions. Rob won well on the weekend, he won in the 11th round but dominated the whole fight,” Lonergan said to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“We think it’s a great style for Jeff and would make for one hell of a fight. He’s an incredibly busy fighter and it just comes down to whether we can make the deal work. In a perfect world, we would do it in Australia but we’ll see what happens..
“We’ve got a great relationship with Top Rank. Bob knows that when we make the phone call we are serious and want to get a deal done. Bob has a lot of television dates to fill now so we’ll try and put things together as quickly as we possibly can. I like the time of year. We had the Pacquiao fight around this time of year. From a weather point of view, it’s fantastic. It might be Brisbane or the Gold Coast or Townsville or Toowoomba. At the moment, I’m just trying to get a deal done that works for everybody.
“It’s a fight we’d love to have. Brant, coming off the back of a very good win, if we could secure it it’s a tough fight for Jeff but a great fight.”