How Jeff Horn shocked the world

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    When the final bell sounded after today’s WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, the bloodied, beaten, and exhausted underdog Jeff Horn didn’t look like a winner.

    The 29-year-old title challenger was a bloody mess. So bad that just a few minutes earlier, between the ninth and ten round, the referee threatened to call the fight off.

    “I’m about to stop the fight, you need to show me something in this round,” he warned.

    Horn nodded, then proceeded to find his second wind, bravely wading forward at Manny Pacquiao, landing a few meaningful blows to display some sign of life.

    Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in history, has won fights before the bell even sounds in the past. Fighters embellish his greatness, give him too much respect, and enter the bout mentally defeated.

    It was clear from the opening bell that win lose or draw, Horn wouldn’t fall into the same trap. The bigger fighter flashed his power, clipping Pacquiao early and often.

    Horn continued to rough Pacquiao up, using his obvious strength advantage to bully the future Hall of Famer against the ropes. Even in rounds that he clearly lost, the rough-and-tumble approach to the fight allowed ‘The Hornet’ to be a constant threat.

    When the final bell sounded, the dark horse raised his hands and walked around the ring to the delight of 55,000-plus Aussie fans.

    Then the decision came in. All three judges awarded the fight to Horn, with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

    The sound that came next was absolutely deafening. The elated fans screamed, jumping in the air, some even hugging strangers.

    But not everyone was pleased. Seasoned fight commentator and former coach Teddy Atlas was so incensed that he almost had a meltdown on camera.

    “They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win, to Horn, the local kid, for trying hard,” the visibly frustrated commentator yelled. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard.”

    Atlas wasn’t alone. Most boxing pundits scored the fight for Pacquiao, myself included. I had the 39-year-old veteran winning with a score of 115-113.

    Contrary to the belief of Atlas, there was no robbery in Queensland, though, and there is no need for us to gather our torches and pitchforks.

    Pacquiao won, on my personal scorecard, but not by a mile. It was a close contest, and the neverending pressure of Horn took its toll on the great ‘Pac Man’.

    I cannot, however, excuse Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 score. By that tally, Horn won nine of the 12 rounds, which is ridiculous.

    This isn’t the first time that Pacquiao was on the wrong side of a controversial call, though. In 2012 the Filipino puncher dropped a ludicrous split decision to Timothy Bradley.

    Since then, Pacquiao has twice avenged that loss – and he plans to do the same to Horn.

    “Absolutely, yes,” Pacquiao said when quizzed about fighting Horn for a second time. “We have a rematch clause, so no problem.”

    With many already suggesting there was some hometown cooking in the River City, the rematch will almost certainly get pulled from Australia, likely to be hosted in Las Vegas, the home for most of Pacquiao’s recent bouts.

    The 29-year-old ex-school teacher, who has never fought professionally outside of Australia, will have to fight on Pacquiao’s terms in the rematch and will probably be cast as a big underdog again.

    But for tonight at least, Horn is the champion and Australia’s newest sporting hero.

    Justin Faux
    Justin Faux

    Justin Faux is a seasoned combat sports scribe. Covering mixed martial arts and boxing since 2007, Justin has been published on NineMSN Australia, Fox Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and dozens of other outlets. You can follow him on Twitter @justinfauxmma.

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    The Crowd Says (55)

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 5:08pm
      Nambawan said | July 2nd 2017 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

      Who were the judges and where did they come from?

      • July 2nd 2017 @ 6:13pm
        Mitcher said | July 2nd 2017 @ 6:13pm | ! Report

        US/US/Argentina I read. May be wrong.

      • July 3rd 2017 @ 10:14pm
        The Truth said | July 3rd 2017 @ 10:14pm | ! Report

        Pacman should have retired. Mind you the money was too good to refuse. Ten million bucks.

        He was not switched on and hungry enough. The Australian, to all those who actually watched the fight, was the better man on the day. Manny won a round or two. But not over the 12 and the judges correctly agreed with that.

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          July 5th 2017 @ 2:20am
          BigJ said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:20am | ! Report

          It truly was tremendous to watch Horn get his win the upset of the century.

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 5:14pm
      Madrid john said | July 2nd 2017 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

      Gladstone, Townsville and Lima ( though he moved to Ipswich aged 7).

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 5:21pm
      KingKongBundy said | July 2nd 2017 @ 5:21pm | ! Report

      2 yanks and a Argentinian
      Yes stats don’t lie the Pacman landed more punches

      • Roar Guru

        July 2nd 2017 @ 6:48pm
        BigJ said | July 2nd 2017 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

        What difference does the judges nationally got to do with everything gentlemen Horn clearly won that fight seven rounds to four and one even round

        • July 2nd 2017 @ 7:16pm
          bright knight said | July 2nd 2017 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

          shut up..pacquiao is the real champ although everybody respects the result

        • July 2nd 2017 @ 7:39pm
          KingKongBundy said | July 2nd 2017 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

          Old mate up the top asked a question and i answerd it,so obviously pac won the 9th just curious what were the 3 other rounds u reckon he won?

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            July 2nd 2017 @ 10:19pm
            BigJ said | July 2nd 2017 @ 10:19pm | ! Report

            7, 10 and 11. Makes bugger all difference now, Horn was the clear winner

            • July 2nd 2017 @ 11:13pm
              KingKongBundy said | July 2nd 2017 @ 11:13pm | ! Report

              Fair enough waleska

            • July 4th 2017 @ 10:32am
              rayray said | July 4th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

              for mine, the first 4 rounds go 3-1 horn, the next 4 go 3-1 pacman

              9 goes to pacman but i can’t see manny winning any other round from there

              close but horn, the bigger younger man literally “beats” the smaller older man

              incredibly dirty fight but brilliant plan and executed to the letter!

              my 2 ducats worth…

              • Roar Guru

                July 5th 2017 @ 2:23am
                BigJ said | July 5th 2017 @ 2:23am | ! Report

                Dirty fight???? Rough as guts but no intentional fouls, both gave as good as they got. In the rematch Pacquiao wont take it so easy. This could be very similar to the two Ali v Spinks fights.

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 5:44pm
      Farqueue said | July 2nd 2017 @ 5:44pm | ! Report

      Someone posted that punch stats showed Horn landed only 92 punches all fight.
      Less than 8 punches per round.
      That is definitely crap.
      Stevie Wonder must have done the counting.

      • Roar Guru

        July 2nd 2017 @ 6:05pm
        Cadfael said | July 2nd 2017 @ 6:05pm | ! Report

        On Yahoo 7 News, the complaints seem to be coming mainly from across the Pacific.

      • July 7th 2017 @ 3:08am
        Sean Heaney said | July 7th 2017 @ 3:08am | ! Report

        Pofessional fights are not judged under Amateur rules

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 5:52pm
      Johnybulldog said | July 2nd 2017 @ 5:52pm | ! Report

      Hmmmm go the Hornet!

      • Roar Guru

        July 2nd 2017 @ 6:49pm
        BigJ said | July 2nd 2017 @ 6:49pm | ! Report

        Johnny he did it and Australia has a new undefeated champ.

        • July 2nd 2017 @ 7:13pm
          Johnybulldog said | July 2nd 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

          Woo hoo BJ,im sure u enjoyed that mate,I sure as hell did!

        • July 2nd 2017 @ 7:34pm
          bright knight said | July 2nd 2017 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

          pacquiao is the real champ while he has been robbed by ridiculous result

          • Roar Guru

            July 2nd 2017 @ 10:22pm
            BigJ said | July 2nd 2017 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

            Bs!!!!!!

    • Roar Guru

      July 2nd 2017 @ 6:20pm
      Cat said | July 2nd 2017 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

      Nothing shocking about it, just the usual corruption in boxing.

      • Roar Guru

        July 2nd 2017 @ 10:22pm
        BigJ said | July 2nd 2017 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

        Explain yourself, if it was corrput dont you think pacman would of won.????

        • Roar Guru

          July 3rd 2017 @ 8:53am
          Cat said | July 3rd 2017 @ 8:53am | ! Report

          Nope, in boxing the ‘home’ fighter gets a lot of decisions they shouldn’t. Fight stats tell the story. Roy Jones Jr vs. Park Si-Hun and Evandar Holyfield vs. Kevin Barry come to mind

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