Horn’s ‘se­cret weapons’

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - THEMERCURY.COM.AU SUN­DAY JUNE 3 2018 GRANTLEE KIEZA in Las Vegas

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

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