Aussie up-and-comer Jeff Horn will have his hands full on August 1 in Invercargill, New Zealand.
Though he is ranked 10th in the world welterweight rankings he faces a stern test in no. 12 ranked Viktor Plotnykov.
Horn admits the wily Ukranian veteran is a step above anyone he has yet boxed.
Horn has already beaten 3 of the world’s top 15 ranked welterweigts, but none approaching Plotnykov’s caliber.
Plotnykov will also enjoy a 5cm height advantageand and has more than three times Horn’s professional experience with 34 fights.
But horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, isn’t letting his fighter be over-awed, “We are going to Invercargill to win the fight emphatically. But we are under no illusions about the opponent. It is going to be a tough, tough night.
“Jeff will need to win the fight with his legs more than his hands because he has to control the gap in distance between them.
“Plotnykov is a master at dominating the distance. He’s able to hit going back, he puts his left jab constantly in the face of his opponent and has a very dangerous right hand.
“He’s tough too and knows how to hold in close.”
Rushton has his charge working on explosive leg strength ahead of the match. While in sparring Horn is working on techniques to shut down Plotnykov’s damaging straight right.
Most recently, Plotnykov, 37, dominated and defeated former British commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell over 12 rounds in Belfast.
Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, believes his fighter is ‘four or five’ fights away from a world title. But Horn believes he is ready now.
He just has to get past Plotnykov first.