Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Criticism of Jeff Horn unfair after controversial verdict

Australian welterweight champ Jeff Horn says he's dead serious about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr Australian welterweight champ Jeff Horn says he's dead serious about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr
Heather Davidson | 04 July, 2017, 00:58

The WBO World Welterweight Championship main event between Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), the Filipino legend and boxing's only eight-division world champion, against undefeated No. 1 contender and Brisbane's favorite son Jeff "The Hornet" Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) (12 a.m. ET to 1 a.m. ET) delivered a 2.4 overnight rating.

Despite entering the fight as an out of sight underdog at +425 against the only eight-division champion in the sport's history, Horn surprised most boxing fans by making it through all 12 rounds against Pacquiao - and then shocked everyone minutes later by being declared the victor.

'There's always going to be the backlash where people are going to say I lucky, or whatever, ' Horn said on Monday.

Horn pulled off a unanimous decision that drew harsh criticisms from fans and several boxing experts, those who watched the fight live and those from far away.

An American boxing writer, who had covered Pacquiao's biggest fights, except this one, said he judged the fight on TV, volume off, and had Pacquiao winning, 9-3.

Horn was quick to shrug off the critics after achieving what he described as "climbing the Pacquiao mountain" and he has quickly turned his attentions to scaling another, more formidable, summit.

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The veteran had bounced back from his defeat to Floyd Mayweather in 2015 by overcoming Tim Bradley in their rubber match and comfortably beating Jessie Vargas to become a world champion once more.

Ask any number of people at Suncorp Stadium, in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the world and it's pretty clear Manny Pacquiao was robbed of his welterweight title on Sunday. With Horn charging forward all day, he ducked down and it was nearly inevitable one of them would be opened. Time catches up with all fighters, and it looked for long stretches in Sunday's fight like it finally caught up with him. Others felt Horn made a monumental mistake by not training in the US and sparring with boxers similar to Pacquiao - even though Czar Amonsot, the WBA Oceania super lightweight, was selected as a sparring partner because he had a similar height and build to the legend.

However, Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, was less than impressed with the officials.

Arum said it was "a close fight".

"I know Jeff would welcome the rematch, but I don't know Manny's future position", Arum said. I think I won the fight, a lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world.

Pacquiao suggested immediately after the fight, however, that he would fight on and exercise his right to a rematch. "If nobody is there I tend to not try very hard".

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