HORN ON THE ROPES IN KID­DIE SLUGFEST

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - TREN­TON AKERS

FEW box­ers have been able to get through world champion Jeff Horn’s de­fences, but this six-year-old found a way dur­ing a spon­sor’s day.

Horn joked that tak­ing on Shanae Holden might be good prepa­ra­tion for his Novem­ber 25 mys­tery fight.

“That one was def­i­nitely one of the harder spars – she was go­ing flat out,” he said. “It’s good to en­joy our time with the kids, and it was a good fun day that Mazda put on.

“To have 10 kids have the op­por­tu­nity to spar with me in the ring with the big gloves on was great.”

Horn says he’s still not sure who he’ll be fight­ing in Novem­ber, but added: “I’m sure they’re get­ting close (to strik­ing a deal).”

As for his form, he said: “The body is good. A cou­ple of weeks ago it was still sore from start­ing off, but now we are two or three weeks in, I am feel­ing a bit bet­ter.”

Horn – whose wife, Jo, is due to have their first child in Jan­uary – said: “It will be good tim­ing if I can fin­ish it (the fight) off in Novem­ber then have a cou­ple of months to en­joy the baby com­ing along.”

Pic­ture: An­nette Dew

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