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Michael Zerafa expects to fight for a world title in his next bout

Michael Zerafa. Photo credit: Mark Robinson.

Australian middleweight Michael Zerafa 31-4 (19) is convinced he will get a world title shot in his next bout and his primary target is WBA and IBF 160-pound champion Gennadiy Golovkin 42-2-1 (37).

“Golovkin is the fight I want,” Zerafa said Fox Sports Australia. “I know he thinks I’m the easiest fight out there for him. And that’s fine. But I’m also his biggest payday.

“His three options right now are to fight me, Lara or Falcao. And of those, I represent the most money.

“With all the backing I’ve got to bring that fight to Australia, I know he’s definitely interested. And Zerafa v Triple G… it even has a nice ring to it.

“But regardless, I’m fighting for a world title next.”

Zerafa is ranked the number one contender by the WBA, while Erislandy Lara 29-3-3 (17) holds the secondary WBA ‘regular’ title.

The 40-year-old Golovkin of Kazahkstan was recently ordered by the IBF to defended his title against number one contender Esquiva Falcao 30-(20) by February 14. With that date little more than a month away, it seems likely that Golovkin will relinquish that belt.

In that scenario the IBF would order the top two contenders to fight for the vacant title. That would pit Falcao against the New Jersey-based sanctioning body’s number two, Zerafa.

On top of that, inquiries have been made by the team behind newly minted WBO middleweight titleholder Janibek ‘Qazak Style’ Alimkhanuly 13-0 (8).

“And while I’m ranked sixth with the WBO, the top five guys there don’t want to fight him,” Zerafa said. “So their team have reached out to us about a fight. And I’ve told them I’m keen.

“So that means it’s either the WBA, IBF or WBO… and I’m ready to go for every one of them.”

Last November Zerafa revealed that discussions had taken place for him to challenge Golovkin in Australia in March.

“I don’t get involved in the (contract discussions) but I know my name has come up within his camp, and quite a few times,” he said.

“After Golovkin’s last fight too, he said he was happy to come fight in Australia. And I know he sees me as his easiest option. But I’m ready.”

Zerafa has lost just four times in his pro career, each time to top level opponents. Now with added experience and confidence, he believes he is more than ready for a world title shot.

“Four times in my career, I’ve fallen short,” he said. “But I was a boy back then. Now, I’m a man. In my prime. It’s my time.”

Zerafa and Falcao have traded barbs on social media, with the 30-year-old believing the Brazilian’s style is tailor-made for him.

“I believe I knock him out,” Zerafa said. “We’ve already had a few wars on social media. He’s said he is taking over the division, but he’s not taking over shit.

“He actually suits me perfectly – that’s why I think I stop him.

“But the fight I really want is Triple G.

“I want the best.”