Wonder boxer on Horn of dilemma
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.