Tue, Jul 11, 4:22pm by Head Editor
Jeff Horn has been awarded the winner of the World Boxing Organisation’s welterweight title for the second time in as many weeks after the WBO review returned a change to the score, but not the outcome of last Sunday’s “Battle of Brisbane”.
A WBO statement declared that after five independent judges reviewed the fight, watching without sound, the former schoolteacher won seven rounds to the 11-time world champion’s five.
Despite the fact it wasn’t received well around the world – particularly in North America – and saw the Philippines government request the official investigation, which led to this re-score, the review has deemed that the decision was correct all along.
The seven rounds to five win was exactly how the three-official judge’s, New York’s Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores from Arizona and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina had it on the day.
Horn boarded a flight to the States on Thursday, where he is set to be hosted by broadcaster ESPN at their annual ESPY awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, which could get interesting, given that one of the network’s employees – Teddy Atlas – went as far to say that the decision was a robbery and bordered on corruption.
The rematch now becomes even more interesting, and although a date is yet to be set in stone, it’s believed that the bout may take place in November.
That time of the year can have unpredictable weather in Brisbane, which has brought the Brisbane Entertainment Centre into the equation as a possible venue, according to a Channel Seven report.
Horn picked up $500,000 for the first fight, whereas the man he beat received a guaranteed $10 million. For the humble man who owns a 2004 Toyota Camry and lives in a modest $300,000 home in the suburbs of Brisbane, it’s been a big couple of weeks, and the re-match will be an even bigger boost to his modest bank account.
Jeff Horn $2.40
Manny Pacquiao $1.55
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