Manny Pacquiao conquerer Jeff Horn wins top Aussie award

Boxer Jeff Horn's stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia's top sporting honours.

Published: 13th October 2017 08:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2017 08:19 AM   |  A+A-

Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane. | AP

By AFP

SYDNEY: Boxer Jeff Horn's stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia's top sporting honours as the most inspirational athlete of the year.

The unheralded 29-year-old stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2 in a hotly contested result that rattled the Philippines.

In recognition, he walked away with 'The Don' award at the annual Sport Australia Hall Of Fame dinner in Melbourne on Thursday evening.

Named after cricketer Donald Bradman, prior winners of the prize include swimmer Ian Thorpe, runner Cathy Freeman, cyclist Cadel Evans, hurdler Sally Pearson, golfer Jason Day and last year's recipient jockey Michelle Payne.

"It is massive," Horn said, calling it a career highlight.

"I can remember growing up being inspired by previous winners such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe. 

"To know I am potentially inspiring the future generation of athletes like these guys have done for me is an incredible feeling."

Horn said he still sometimes found it hard to believe he took down one of the world's greatest ever fighters, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.

"Many days I have thought to myself, did that really happen? It's been very hectic since the win but recognition and awards like this certainly help," he said.

Pacquiao pulled out of a planned rematch in Australia later his year, with Horn close to finalising another opponent to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.

Englishman Gary Corcoran is shaping up as the most likely challenger, with the fight expected to be in Brisbane in December, local reports have said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.