Former schoolteacher Jeff Horn stunned champion Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO world welterweight title with a unanimous points decision in Brisbane.
The three judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 to the 29-year-old Australian at Lang Park.
“That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that,” said 38-year-old Pacquiao.
The Filipino, an eight-weight world champion, has now lost four of his past nine fights.
Horn, 29, was aggressive from the opening bell, although Pacquiao’s left jabs scored points in the early stages.
Horn, who has now won 17 and drawn one of his 18 bouts, caused Pacquiao problems during the middle rounds and cut him above both eyes.
The veteran fought back with a brilliant counter-attack in the ninth round, only for Horn to win the 10th.
Both fighters tired in the final two rounds, with Horn’s good work in the opening stages proving enough for a famous win.
Who is Jeff Horn?
Horn, nicknamed ‘The Hornet’, grew up in Brisbane and first walked into a boxing club 11 years ago to learn self-defence.
While studying for his degree, he reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympics, turned professional soon after and made his debut in 2013.
Horn, who until recently taught students at Pallara State School in Brisbane, won prize money sometimes as low as A$2,000 (£1,100).
Reports claim he won a guaranteed $500,000 (£383,832) from his fight against Pacquiao.
Published at Sun, 02 Jul 2017 06:22:42 +0000
British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien has been cited for an incident of dangerous play during the second-Test victory over the All Blacks.
O’Brien is alleged to have struck New Zealand wing Waisake Noholo during the second half in Wellington on Saturday.
He faces a hearing at 09:00 BST on Sunday and, if found guilty, would miss next weekend’s third Test in Auckland.
All Black Sonny Bill Williams has been banned for four weeks for his shoulder charge into Anthony Watson’s face.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek, former All Black coach Graham Henry said the centre “made a mistake”.
“He’ll be extremely disappointed that he has let his team down and people understand that. It wasn’t intentional,” he added.
Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree said Leinster forward O’Brien was “outstanding” in the 24-21 victory at the Westpac Stadium.
“He’s the barometer of our energy and aggression in the game,” Rowntree said. “His ball pressure, his tackling, his carrying – he’s been outstanding.
“We’ve got a class group of back rowers and I’d have no qualms about anyone else stepping up.”
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Discipline will ‘kill’ Lions
Rowntree also warned players are at risk of losing their places in the side because of ill discipline.
The Lions conceded 13 penalties in Wellington – 10 of which were kickable – and it was only Beauden Barrett’s profligacy from the tee that kept the tourists alive.
“We have got to sort it out because it is going to kill us,” Rowntree added.
“We have to sit them down and show them every day. We can’t be doing this. We have to keep reiterating that point to the players.
“We can’t lose a Test series on the back of some stupid penalties. That would be unacceptable. How do you live with that for the rest of your life?”
Prop Mako Vunipola received a yellow card in the second half as the Lions lost their discipline and composure, and Rowntree says players will be dropped by coach Warren Gatland if necessary.
“If that is what it takes. Gats has shown he is not afraid of doing things like that,” Rowntree said.
“But it is not as if it is the same offenders. We will be very frank and objective with the lads. The pictures are undeniable. That will be a big theme of the week.”
Published at Sun, 02 Jul 2017 08:11:27 +0000