Horn’s ‘secret weapons’
JEFF Horn’s wife says she’d like him to retire from boxing — even before he defends his world welterweight title against lightning fast American Terence Crawford in Las Vegas next Sunday.
Horn describes wife Jo and their five-month-old baby Isabelle as his “secret weapons” even though Jo says watching him fight is “really stressful”.
“To be honest, I really don’t know how I handle it,” she said.
“This last week before the fight is really bad as the pressure builds. But I just try to take it hour by hour and wait till it’s all over. Often when he’s boxing, I have to look away.
“I went to Jeffrey’s first amateur fight 10 years ago at Acacia Ridge and I couldn’t believe that such a nice, shy placid boy would want to do boxing but I cheered him on.
“He just has this amazing inner strength and determination and look at where he is now, in Las Vegas in this big super fight going around the world.”
Horn will receive $2.5 million to defend his World Boxing Organisation title at the MGM Grand Casino against Crawford, a two-time world champion unbeaten in 32 professional fights.
“Jo has kept me calm and grounded ever since we started going out more than 10 years ago and, now with Isabelle, they are the main reasons I’m fighting,” Horn said.
“They are my inspirations. Jo and Isabelle keep me grounded, they keep me calm and they are my secret weapons.”
“I love them to bits and I want to give them a good life that boxing can make for us all.
“I always said I would fight until I was 35, so I might go on for another five years.
“I really want to establish myself as the No.1 fighter in the world and beat the very best.”
Crawford is regarded by many experts as the most talented fighter in the world.
But on Thursday, Horn came face to face with something even more formidable, the 466km, 1600m-deep Grand Canyon.
He said the grandeur was almost as beautiful as the smile of his daughter.
STRESS: Jeff Horn and wife Jo