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() Jeff Horn has to decide whether he has the hunger to to do the harder preparation demanded by his trainer Glenn Rushton to rebuild his boxing career after his upset loss to Michael Zerafa.

Horn's mooted December 23 clash with WBA regular middleweight champion Ryota Murata in Japan looks to be off the table after he was stopped in the ninth round at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night.

Zerafa knocked the former WBO welterweight down twice and was leading on all the judges cards by at least three points at the time of the stoppage.

Jeff Horn (pictured) has to decide whether he has the hunger to to do the harder preparation demanded by his trainer Glenn Rushton to rebuild his boxing career after his upset loss to Michael Zerafa

Jeff Horn (pictured) has to decide whether he has the hunger to to do the harder preparation demanded by his trainer Glenn Rushton to rebuild his boxing career after his upset loss to Michael Zerafa

Horn's (pictured) mooted December 23 clash with WBA regular middleweight champion Ryota Murata in Japan looks to be off the table after he was stopped in the ninth round at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night

Horn's (pictured) mooted December 23 clash with WBA regular middleweight champion Ryota Murata in Japan looks to be off the table after he was stopped in the ninth round at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday night

'I called this weeks ago, I said Jeff will fall and I went out there and proved it,' Zerafa said.

While there was a a rematch clause in the contact, Horn isn't sure if he will exercise it, go down to super welterweight or welterweight, or even retire.

'I definitely don't want to be doing this game for too long that's for sure, you don't want to be battered up and bruised,' Horn said.

Rushton says it's a matter of hunger and preparation for Horn, not talent.

'I called this weeks ago, I said Jeff (pictured left) will fall and I went out there and proved it,' Zerafa (pictured right) said.

'I called this weeks ago, I said Jeff (pictured left) will fall and I went out there and proved it,' Zerafa (pictured right) said.

The 30-year-old dad-of-two said he had to reassess whether he still had the hunger to continue.

'I've got to do some soul searching and see if I've got what it takes in myself to do hard preparation and get ready for another big fight like this,' Horn said. 

Rushton made it clear Horn would have to work significantly harder and look at his diet, especially if he wanted to stay at middleweight.

'We've got to sit sown and have that long, hard talk and

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