Fri, Jul 7, 1:31pm by Head Editor
The World Boxing Organisation has responded to the Philippines government department’s request to review Sunday’s fight, but although the WBO are willing to re-score the fight, the result will stand.
The Philippines Games and Amusements Board’s (GAB) contacted the WBO for a review after their national hero said the decision against him was unfair. According to the GAB, their request was based on protecting boxing’s integrity, citing possible miscalls by the referee and judges.
This news will only add fuel to the fire for a rematch, which looks almost certain to happen now, with both camps saying they want it to happen.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk clearly wants it to happen to. The Courier-Mail published photos of the Premier in a secret meeting with Dean Lonergan yesterday, who is one of the promoters behind Sunday’s Battle of Brisbane.
Ms Palaszczuk met Duco Events director Dean Lonergan at the Shingle Inn at Brisbane Square yesterday, following the ticker-tape parade for new world champion Horn.
Thousands of fans turned out in the city to say thanks to their new hero, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presented the world champion with the keys to the city on behalf of Brisbane and a certificate of appreciation to Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton.
In Horn’s speech following the parade, he dared Pacquiao to activate his rematch clause, and said he hoped it would be in Brisbane again, his home town.
Horn went on to tell the crowd “thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my dreams” and “I went through a tough Round 9, pushed hard through and we got there. We got that World Championship.”
The crowd then began chanting “Queenslander! Queenslander!”
The likely month for a rematch is rumoured to be December. Sportsbet currently have the former-school teacher as $2.40 shot, well in from the $4.75 he was at for Sunday’s fight, while the 11-time world champion is at $1.55 to get his revenge.
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