The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - GRANTLEE KIEZA

ONE of the tough­est men in the world says you don’t need to be ar­ro­gant to be a suc­cess. Ahead of the GQ Men of the Year awards in Syd­ney tonight, world cham­pion boxer Jeff Horn said he hopes he is set­ting a good ex­am­ple for other men.

“My trainer taught me to be con­fi­dent but not ar­ro­gant, to be­lieve in my­self but never to be­lit­tle any­one else,’’ Horn 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.

“You don’t need to be ar­ro­gant or petu­lant or rude or ob­nox­ious to be suc­cess­ful in sport or life in gen­eral. If you are de­cent, po­lite and depend­able, peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate you even more.’’

Horn, who beat Manny Pac­quiao for the world wel­ter­weight ti­tle, said he owes most of his suc­cess his wife Joanna, who is preg­nant with their first child.

“Jo is the most im­por­tant per­son in my life and I’m su­per ex­cited about be­com­ing a dad,” Horn said.

“(Af­ter beat­ing Pac­quiao) I knew there had been an even big­ger fac­tor in my suc­cess — it was that my beau­ti­ful wife al­ways be­lieved in me.’’

Pic­ture: An­nette Dew

World cham­pion boxer Jeff Horn yes­ter­day.

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