The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - GRANTLEE KIEZA

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.

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