Highlights: Jeff Horn wins the Battle of Brisbane via unanimous decision

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    Jeff Horn has shocked the boxing world in front of more than 50,000 of his home town fans, beating Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in their WBO world welterweight title fight.

    » How Jeff Horn shocked the world

    The 29-year-old Horn was a massive underdog heading into the fight, having never stepped into the ring with anyone with anywhere near the ability and experience of Pacquiao.

    But, spurred on by his home fans, Horn scored a unanimous decision in a high-intensity, close fight: 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.

    Both fighters were cut during the bout to accidental head clashes. Horn showed early that he wasn’t intimidated, using his size advantage and being prepared to trade with Pacquiao.

    Pacquaio smiled whenever Horn landed, but seemed to find Horn’s style awkward.

    Most of the rounds in the fight were close and could have been scored either way. Horn arguably had slightly the better of the first six rounds, before Pacquiao upped the intensity from Rounds 7-9.

    During Round 9, Pacquiao landed several big shots and Horn looked out on his feet. In between rounds, the referee informed Horn’s corner that he would stop the fight if Horn didn’t “show him something” in Round 10.

    Horn got his second wind, and showed huge heart to claw his way back into the contest in Round 10.

    Both fighters were exhausted but fought desperately in Rounds 11 and 12, knowing the title was on the line.

    But, it was Horn who did enough in the judge’s eyes to earn a unanimous decision.

    It was the biggest crowd to ever witness a boxing match in Australia, breaking the previous record of 38,000 set by Australia’s former three-division world champion Jeff Fenech against Ghana’s Azumah Nelson in 1992.

    Horn’s record moves to 17-0-1 with the win, while Pacquiao drops to 59-7-2.

    There is a rematch clause in the contract, and Pacquaio said immediately after the fight that he wanted a rematch.

    He also said he didn’t expect such a tough fight, and that he respected the judges’ decision.

    The loss could also spell the end of the 38-year-old 11-time world champion’s career. He doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone, he will always be remembered as a legend of the sport – but time may have caught up with him.

    Meanwhile, Horn’s win opens a world of lucrative future opportunities for him, including a rematch with Pacquiao.

    The welterweight division is currently awash with talent. There are two other undefeated champions, both from America. 28-year-old Keith “One Time” Thurman (28-0) is the reigning WBA and WBC champ, while 27-year-old Errol Spence Jr (22-0) is the IBF champ after impressively stopping former champ, Englishman Kell Brook (36-2), in the 11th round at Wembley in May.

    Generation next in the welterweight division has well and truly arrived.

    Horn doesn’t have to make a quick decision on his immediate future. For now, he can sit back and enjoy the accolades of one of the greatest performances in Australian boxing history.

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    The Crowd Says (18)

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 3:19pm
      Bfc said | July 2nd 2017 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

      “Onya teacher..!”. Jeff Horn battles through for a unanimous points win…woohoo!!

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 3:27pm
      Johnybulldog said | July 2nd 2017 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

      Go u good thing well done mate!

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 3:45pm
      Daniel said | July 2nd 2017 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

      Elbow is counted

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 3:49pm
      KingKongBundy said | July 2nd 2017 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

      Go Horny hang on that doesn’t sound right lets just call him Jeff
      I must say I was a bit surprised at the decision but taking nothing
      away from Horn he showed huge balls
      cant wait for the rematch in November!

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 3:53pm
      SAVAGE said | July 2nd 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

      Hahaha! Well done Jeff!

    • July 2nd 2017 @ 4:17pm
      Vince said | July 2nd 2017 @ 4:17pm | ! Report

      another robbery

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