30 I Champ’s itch­ing to take on Floyd

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GRANTLEE KIEZA

JEFF Horn can sell his old Camry now – parked out­side his hum­ble Aca­cia Ridge home – as he has guaranteed him­self a mul­ti­mil­lion- dol­lar fu­ture as po­ten­tially the rich­est Aus­tralian sports­man of all time.

And it couldn’t hap­pen to a nicer bloke.

Af­ter yes­ter­day’s thrilling, big- hearted vic­tory as Horn over­came the odds and a fright­en­ing ninth round when he was badly hurt, he said he was now ready to re­peat yes­ter­day’s ef­fort against the big­gest earner in his sport.

An emo­tional Horn called for a fight with Floyd May­weather, who made $ 200 million beat­ing Pac­quiao on points in 2015 – in a far less en­ter­tain­ing bout.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter ring an­nouncer Michael Buf­fer bel­lowed the words Horn had been des­per­ate to hear – “The win­ner and new world cham­pion …” – Horn said: ” One quick thing first: This is just hav­ing a bit of a dig over­seas to Floyd May­weather, but that this is no joke.

“Which one does he want: The walk­ing stick or the gloves?”

A huge cheer erupted as Horn said: “Come have a real fight.

“May­weather says he’s the best boxer in the world, but his next fight is against a UFC fighter ( Conor McGre­gor). If he wants to have a real fight, here I am.

“I just beat Manny Pac­quiao and I be­lieve I can beat Floyd May­weather, too.”

Horn had agreed to a re­match clause stip­u­lated by Pac­quiao for a re­turn fight at Sun­corp in Novem­ber.

It was a multi- million in­sur­ance pol­icy on ex­actly the boilover that un­folded in such dra­matic fash­ion.

Whether Pac­quiao, 38, and with so many po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ments as a high- rank­ing Filipino se­na­tor, re­ally wants to put him­self through a re­peat of yes­ter­day’s or­deal when both sides of his head were split open, re­mains to be seen. But Horn says he’s ready for it.

“I’d love to fight again,’’ he said. “I wanted to put on an ex­cit­ing bout to­day. I wanted peo­ple to see box­ing in the best pos­si­ble light as a great, ex­cit­ing sport.

“There was no trash talk in this fight and I think we gave box­ing a good ad­ver­tise­ment.”

Pro­moter Dean Lon­er­gan said the re­turn fight was there “if Manny wants to go again”.

“It was just an un­be­liev­able per­for­mance from Jeff,” Lon­er­gan said. “To fight that well against Manny, a true leg­end of the sport, was amaz­ing. But we al­ways knew he was ca­pa­ble of do­ing that.

“The fight was an in­cred­i­ble spec­ta­cle and a great piece of sport­ing his­tory for Bris­bane and Aus­tralia. “To have that Bris­bane crowd, that noise be­hind him... that just made a dif­fer­ence for Jeff.

Jeff Horn last night.

FAM­ILY PRIDE: New world cham­pion Jeff Horn shows his WBO belt to his grand­fa­ther Ray. Pic­ture: PETER WALLIS

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