Won­der boxer on Horn of dilemma

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JIM TUCKER

JEFF Horn is toss­ing up whether to brush the big­gest red- car­pet event in US sports so he can roar home Queens­land’s State of Ori­gin team.

Only a new world box­ing cham­pion with his heart made in Queens­land would con­tem­plate trad­ing a ringside seat with su­per­stars Steph Curry and Tom Brady for a night with Cam Smith and co.

That’s the dilemma that Horn’s sud­denly crowded so­cial calendar has thrown up since last Sun­day’s epic boilover at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

The ESPYS, the awards that bring to­gether the best sports sto­ries of the year on one spe­cial night, are be­ing held in Los An­ge­les next Wed­nes­day.

Fight pro­moter Bob Arum has asked Bris­bane’s freshly minted world champ to join him at a night that will cel­e­brate Curry’s NBA hero­ics with Golden State, Brady’s Su­per­bowl mir­a­cle and other heady highs in sports. There’s just one thing. “I re­ally want to be watch­ing Queens­land … win­ning Ori­gin,” Horn said yes­ter­day.

He has been in­vited to visit the Maroons’ camp.

Horn is see­ing his new world more clearly ev­ery day.

“My right eye has been closed since the fight. I put some more ice on it Tues­day, took it off and I had an eye again,” the af­fa­ble Horn said.

“I’ve got over 2000 mes­sages ( on my phone) but I just haven’t got to them.”

He did hook up by phone with Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull.

“Luck­ily, his was a phone call. It came through as an un­recog­nised num­ber but I lis­tened ( to the voice mes­sage) and thought I’d bet­ter get back to him,” Horn said.

Jeff Horn after his tri­umph.

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