JEFF Horn has picked up Fighter of the Year honours for the second consecutive year.
The 29-year-old schoolteacher had a signature twelve months in 2016, winning all of his three appearances for the year, with all three of those impressive wins coming inside the distance.
Under the guidance of promoter Duco Events, who signed the Australian after just eight fights, Horn defended his IBF & WBO Inter-Continenal regional titles while bursting up the welterweight ratings.
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The Brisbane-based Horn, who is Australia’s best performed Olympian in two decades, started his year against former two-time world champion Randall Bailey. The hard-hitting American, who is aptly dubbed ‘The Knockout King’, floored Horn with a hellacious right-hand in the third round of their encounter.
However, as Horn has done multiple times in his fledgling career, he rebounded to punish the body of Bailey, until he withdrew himself by retiring on his stool after seven heats.
Further wins over Rico Mueller and former world title challenger Ali Funeka cemented Horn’s place as both Australia’s premier welterweight and best-performed fighter for 2016.
2014: Lucas Browne
2015: Jeff Horn
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