He’s a former world champion who has been victorious in some of the most brutal bouts in Australian boxing history but Jeff Horn admits he is just like the rest of us when it comes to staying disciplined in isolation.
As Horn’s domestic super-fight against Tim Tszyu awaits rescheduling he is locked up in his Brisbane home with wife Jo and their two daughters, and the former schoolteacher has told the Main Event Boxing Podcast that one of his key battles in the meantime is with the fridge.
“Food comes into the mind as an excitement at times like this when you have nothing else to do but I really need to try as hard as I can not to think about that,” Horn told the podcast’s host Ben Damon.
“I’m probably one of those people that’s really going to struggle at this point in time. If I put too much (weight) on it’s going to be absolute hell and I won’t be able to get ready in the timeframe of eight weeks.
“(I’m) trying to support the businesses as well that might be going under from all this havoc that’s happening – if I can find healthy options on the outside at restaurants I’ll definitely be trying to do that.”
Horn also discussed the difficulties around maintaining fitness during the COVID-19 outbreak which has placed boxing sessions with trainer Glenn Rushton on an indefinite hold.
“That’s a tough one. I was talking to Glenn about that today,” he said.
“I don’t have a bag at home and basically I’m not going to Glenn’s at the moment so none of that’s happening and the social distancing rule with the padwork – that shouldn’t be happening – so not much boxing has been happening and I don’t know how long until I do start.”
Once given the all-clear to resume full training Horn will embark upon a rigorous regime to prepare for his clash with the undefeated Tszyu, which was originally scheduled for April 22 at the brand new Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
“Once sport starts back up again people are going to be dying to see something,” he explained.
“Everyone will be glued to television screens watching sports or going to venues to watch sports that they haven’t been able to watch for a very long time.
“I’ve fought in front of big crowds like that and it does lift you to another level and Tim will experience that as well so I know I’m going to get the very, very best Tim Tszyu when I do fight him.”
Words: Fox Sports Australia
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