Horn feels 'relief' after review, eyes rematch

Horn feels relief after review, eyes rematch
Jeff Horn, with his wife Jo, feels vindicated by a judging panel's confirmation of his unanimous-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao.

Los Anglese - I feel like I've defended the title again already, and I've only had it for a week: Horn



By AP

Published: Thu 13 Jul 2017, 9:17 PM

Last updated: Thu 13 Jul 2017, 11:19 PM

eff Horn already felt confident he had won his bout with Manny Pacquiao, no matter what Filipino government officials or US television commentators thought.
 When an independent review this week affirmed the three ringside judges' decision, the new WBO welterweight champion took the news as yet another victory.
 "I feel like I've defended the title again already, and I've only had it for a week," Horn said after arriving in California from his native Australia.
 After claiming Pacquiao's 147-pound title July 2 in a stunning upset, Horn would welcome the chance to leave no doubt in anybody's mind in a second bout with Pacquiao.
 "I kind of feel it's been put to bed now that I definitely won the fight, because they re-scored it," Horn said. "But people are always going to have their opinions, and you're never going to change some of those. I guess the only way to do it is to do it again, to have a rematch, and I think I would do even better the second time."
 While Horn and many of the 51,000 fans in Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium agreed with the three ringside judges' verdict, Pacquiao was seen as the winner by everyone from ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas to a department of the Philippines government, which requested the WBO's official review of the scores.
 Three of the five independent judges awarded the fight to Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), and an aggregation of those judges' scores also favored the new champ.
 "I felt like I had won, so if it had come back with (the independent judges) saying I hadn't, I would have still felt like I did anyway," Horn said.


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