A CHAMP DRESSES FOR MORE SUCCESS
JEFF Horn is having his photo taken for what he estimates is the 20,000th time since he out-slugged Manny Pacquiao for the world welterweight boxing title in one of the greatest days in Australian sport.
The photographer is asking him to put on an angry face befitting one of the toughest men in the world, but Horn is fighting a losing battle. He grits and grinds his teeth, complains that it’s hurting his jaw and finally does something he has never done in the ring. He surrenders.
“I can’t do it,’’ he says, apologising. “`I just don’t have an angry face.’’
On the eve of tonight’s GQ Men of the Year awards in Sydney, the former Olympian hopes he is setting a good example for the way Australians conduct themselves.
In his new book The Hornet, Horn reveals the essence of what it means to be a man.
“My trainer Glenn Rushton has always taught me to be confident, but not arrogant, to believe in myself, but never to belittle anyone else,’’ he said yesterday.
“Toughness and courage have nothing to do with how many tattoos you have or how much you swear.
“It’s about being resilient and having a strong inner belief, being able to carry out what you promise no matter the difficulties you face. And having respect for others.’’
Last month, Horn won the Don Award as Australia’s most inspirational sportsperson, the bullied schoolboy who became a world champion. He says he owes most of his success to wife Jo, who is preparing to give birth to their first child, a daughter, on January 1.
Horn defends his world title against Englishman Gary Corcoran at the Brisbane Convention Centre on December 13.