Jeff Horn on potential homecoming fight, summarises his year

DESPITE completing a standout 2015 campaign, Jeff Horn is refusing to rest on his laurels.

The 27-year-old firebrand, who put his teaching aspirations aside earlier in the year to focus on boxing full-time, is within reaching distance of a potential world title next year after dominating his opposition in 2015.

A week removed from picking up the prestigious Nigel Benn Fighter of the Year award in Melbourne, Horn (13-0-1, 8 KOs) spoke with great appreciation about having his accomplishments recognised on a grand stage.

With that in mind, the Brisbane-based former Olympian understands the importance of being level headed and keeping his feet firmly on the ground, given the sporadical nature of both boxing and professional sport.

“To be chosen out of all the great fighters out there made me feel special,” said Horn.

“This is a sport where you need to keep your head screwed to the ground – because if you don’t – you almost always find yourself being peeled off the canvas shortly after,”

Shortly after receiving his award from the legendary Nigel Benn, Horn briefly exchanged words with the relocated British icon, who had nothing but kind words for the developing professional.

“Nigel Benn said to me to just keep doing what I’m doing,” explained Horn.

“He loves what I do and the way I fight. He thinks I can go all the way if I stay dedicated,”

Horn, who fought his past six fights in New Zealand, is hopeful that talks with his promoter Duco Events about a rumoured homecoming fight – tentatively scheduled for February or March in Brisbane – come to fruition.

“There has been a lot of talk (about a homecoming fight),” he concluded.

“My last fight this year was meant to be in Brisbane, but it got postponed,”

“There is strong talk of Duco bringing a big show to Australia, possibly around late February or early March,”

“Fingers crossed this happens because I would love to fight back in Australia.”

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