Thu, Jan 12, 10:35am by Head Editor
Australian welterweight Jeff Horn will fight 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao in April but the venue is still up in the air. Horn’s promoter, Duco Events is now on a mission to ensure the bout takes place on home soil.
It is believed that Australia’s major cities and even the Middle East and United States under consideration – depending on who can come up with the funding. The bout, which many thought may never happen, has been locked in for Sunday, April 23, Duco confirmed on Wednesday.
The announcement has lead many fight fans around the world (and some here) to ask, who is Jeff Horn?
Those fans cannot be blamed for not knowing who Horn is as the 28-year-old Horn has never fought professionally outside of Australia or New Zealand.
Horn took up boxing after helping a high school friend fight off bullies, joining the Stretton Boxing Club in 2006. Six years later, he fought in the 2012 London Olympics, where he became Australia’s best performing boxer.
The Brisbane native made it to the quarterfinal stage of the 64-kg division, eventually losing to Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk. He turned professional a year later, beating Jody Allen in his debut in Melbourne.
While he embarked on a professional boxing career, Horn also became a school teacher. He has a Bachelor of Education degree on Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Griffith University, and taught part-time at Pallara State School.
Since turning professional in 2013, Horn has put together a solid record, with the lone blemish coming in his fourth fight when he settled for a draw against Rivan Cesaire. His most impressive came against former world champion Randall Bailey, whom he stopped in the seventh round of their April 2016 bout to claim the WBO intercontinental title.
The 175cm Horn ended 2016 as the WBO’s number two ranked contender in the welterweight division, just behind Timothy Bradley, Jr.
“We’re expecting Aussies to get around Jeff Horn but they’re getting a big price because Pacquiao is an 11-time world champ and a great of the sport,” said Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen.
Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn
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