JEFF Horn might just be the best prospect Australian boxing has seen in over a decade.
With a mere nine fights under his belt, Horn quite literally has the world at his feet.
Horn, 26, continued his unbeaten reign of pure dominance, this time adding big-punching Brazilian veteran Fernando Ferreira da Silva (now 32-4-1, 27 KOs) to an already impressive resume of high profile scalps.
Add to this a vacated Australian welterweight title and dual regional titles within the WBO that will surely be accompanied by a world rating – not to mention a possible fight with former undisputed welterweight titlist Zab Judah on the pipeline – you could hardly blame Horn for feeling confident.
However, speak to the well accomplished relief teacher and you’ll see that it is far from the case.
After dominating da Silva for twelve straight rounds, including a twelfth round knockdown – a jubilant Horn was in high spirits – despite nursing what appeared to be a broken hand.
“I don’t think its going to look very good after the fight, it probably happened midway through,” said Horn of his right hand in his post-fight interview. “A couple of right hands landed which got the padding pushed up a bit and got me right on the knuckle.”
“I just tried to box with the left hand and that seemed to be working in the later rounds of the fight. It’s alright I get to relax now, I’ve got my wedding in September.”
The fight, which was served underneath Kiwi prospect Joseph Parker’s one-sided route of Brian Minto, could be signalled as a sign of the future for Horn. The event was promoted by leading New Zealand promotional outfit Duco Events, who after this impressive performance, look to land the signature of the Brisbane-based live wire.
“We’re very close to signing with Duco,” admitted Horn. “Hopefully I impressed them with this fight and they make a good deal which we can sign and announce to you guys after.”
Despite hurting da Silva several times over the fight’s twelve round duration, Horn was not able to add another impressive knockout win to his well respected resume, which now sits at 8-0-1 (with six knockouts).
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