WBO re­view rules, de­clares Jeff Horn the clear win­ner

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Aus­tralian Jeff Horn’s shock wel­ter­weight ti­tle vic­tory over Manny Pac­quiao was con­firmed yes­ter­day af­ter a scor­ing re­view by the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clared him the clear win­ner. The WBO took a close look at the fight af­ter Pac­quiao, backed by the Philippine govern­ment’s sports reg­u­la­tory body, crit­i­cised the ref­eree and the judges and de­manded a re­view af­ter los­ing in Bris­bane on July 2. Horn stunned the Filipino leg­end-who has won world ti­tles in an un­prece­dented eight weight di­vi­sions-with his ul­tra-ag­gres­sive­ness to earn a unan­i­mous 12-round de­ci­sion.

The WBO-which does not have the power to re­verse a de­ci­sion un­less fraud or law vi­o­la­tions are proven-set up a panel of in­de­pen­dent and anony­mous judges who were asked to watch the bout with­out sound and de­ter­mine who won each round.

The re­sults were tab­u­lated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won us­ing an av­er­age scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per­cent, with three of the five of­fi­cials need­ing to be in agree­ment. A sim­i­lar method has been used to re­view WBO ti­tle fights be­fore. “Upon the anal­y­sis, the find­ings stated that Pac­quiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 per­cent; the 5th round was won by 80 per­cent; and the 11th round by 60 per­cent,” the WBO said in a state­ment.

“Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 per­cent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 per­cent; and then, the 10th round by 60 per­cent. “From the re­sults, it can be es­tab­lished that Pac­quiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this anal­y­sis, Jeff Horn was the win­ner of the bout.”

The orig­i­nal fight was scored 117-111, 115113 and 115-113 by judges Waleksa Roldan, Chris Flores and Ra­mon Cer­dan re­spec­tively.

Con­crete ev­i­dence - Horn, a for­mer school­teacher writ­ten off be­fore the bout by most pb­servers, wel­comed the rul­ing as con­firm­ing what he al­ready knew. “It gives me ev­i­dence be­hind me that I can just use now. In­stead of say­ing I think I won the fight, now a heap of other peo­ple-pro­fes­sion­ally-think I won the fight,” he told re­porters in Bris­bane. “It’s def­i­nitely nice to have it fi­nally put on pa­per. I thought I’d won the fight on the day and I think Pac­quiao thought it as well. Now just to have it clear in front of us is good.”

He has made clear he is keen for a re­match and Bris­bane’s Courier-Mail said talks were al­ready un­der way for a pos­si­ble Novem­ber duel be­tween the two in the same city.

Both the Philippine board and Pac­quiao had crit­i­cised Amer­i­can ref­eree Mark Nel­son for sup­pos­edly al­low­ing the un­der­dog Aus­tralian to get away with il­le­gal tac­tics with­out giv­ing him warn­ings or point de­duc­tions. The loss sparked calls in the Philip­pines for the 38-yearold Pac­quiao, a na­tional icon af­ter ris­ing from poverty to be con­sid­ered one of the great­est fight­ers of his gen­er­a­tion, to re­tire and con­cen­trate on pol­i­tics.

Pac­quiao briefly quit box­ing last year to pur­sue his long-held po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions and was elected se­na­tor. But he quickly made a suc­cess­ful come­back against Jessie Var­gas in Novem­ber, say­ing he still felt like a young­ster. — AFP

BRIS­BANE: This file photo taken on July 3, 2017 shows newly crowned World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WBO) wel­ter­weight cham­pion Jeff Horn of Aus­tralia pos­ing for pho­to­graphs with his belt af­ter a press con­fer­ence in Bris­bane, one day af­ter he beat Manny Pac­quiao of the Philip­pines. Aus­tralian Jeff Horn’s shock wel­ter­weight ti­tle vic­tory over Manny Pac­quiao was con­firmed yes­ter­day af­ter a scor­ing re­view by the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clared him the clear win­ner. — AFP

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