Jeff Horn Stuns Manny Pac­quiao To Win WBO Wel­ter­weight Crown

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For­mer school­teacher Jeff Horn stunned world cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao to win the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­ter­weight crown with a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion in Bris­bane on Sun­day. Given no chance by most ob­servers, the 29-year-old Horn’s ul­tra-ag­gres­sive style proved too much for Pac­quiao, with the three judges scor­ing the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Aus­tralian after 12 rounds. Pac­quiao, 38, is an eight-weight world cham­pion con­sid­ered one of the great­est fight­ers of his gen­er­a­tion.

But Horn showed no signs of be­ing over­awed by the oc­ca­sion, tak­ing the fight to the Filipino great from the open­ing bell. He moved for­ward re­lent­lessly, not al­low­ing Pac­quiao time to find any rhythm. Pac­quiao did man­age to land some left jabs in the open­ing rounds to take the early points, but Horn re­fused to back away and his brawl­ing tac­tics paid div­i­dends through the mid­dle stages.

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