Question that brought Horn to tears

 

Jeff Horn left everything he had in the ring on Wednesday night in his fight against rising Australian superstar Tim Tszyu.

The former WBO welterweight champion was put to the sword by Tsyzu who put on a boxing clinic and picked apart his opponent

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Horn was battered in his previous outing against Michael Zerafa but produced one stunning punch to flip the script and exact his revenge over Zerafa.

On Wednesday night there was nothing left in the tank, his right hand couldn't muster the blow to stun his opponent.

The end for Horn looks like it may have arrived with boxing legend Barry Michael not wanting to see the man from Brisbane put his body on the line again.

"I don't ever want to see him in a boxing ring again," Barry Michael said.

"He's done some amazing things, it's time, it's enough, he's finished."

After the fight was brought to an end following the eighth round, Horn was quick to praise Tszyu but had to fight back tears as he was asked about heading home to his family.

"It's time to go home give the girls a cuddle. Hey Jo, Isabelle and Charlotte at home. I'll give them all a big kiss and hug tomorrow," a choked up Horn said.

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Jeff with his wife Joanna and little girls Isabelle and Charlotte.
Jeff with his wife Joanna and little girls Isabelle and Charlotte.

Tszyu took control of the fight from the second round onwards, using his distance to pick Horn apart and land brutal body shot after brutal body shot. Something Horn was, tongue in cheek, thankful for.

"Look I'm so glad that I'm not cut I'm very thankful for that. Tim gave me some very good body shots instead of the head so well done, they didn't feel very nice," Horn said.

"Well done to him, some great head shots and even better body shots, all the best to him."

Horn hoped all of Australia would get behind Tszyu as he looks to climb the boxing mountain and claim a world title.

"Tim was young, hungry. He's an absolute champion I can't put anything past him. He's an absolute legend," Horn said.

"Hopefully all of Australia can support him, he now is the number one in Australia, he wasn't before this even though he kept saying he was but he has certainly earnt it now.

"An absolute champion and he can fly that flag very proudly for Australia.

"He's very good and look he was on his game tonight, I probably wasn't on my game but that's a credit to him for outboxing me out there and I guess he's got that young blood.

"Not that I'm old, everyone is going to say I'm old, but Tim's got that hunger about him. I've been there and done that, Tim was very hungry for that win and I could feel it through him tonight and he's got that champion spirit in him I could feel that."

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Horn eats a right hand from Tszyu.
Horn eats a right hand from Tszyu.

As many call for Horn to step away from the ring and hang the gloves up, a potential trilogy fight with Zerafa looms as the likeliest outcome if he intends to step back inside the ring.

The slugger from Brisbane however does have a career in teaching to fall back on and two young daughters to think about.

Horn will take his time to make a decision on his boxing career that has seen him secure a world title and also topple a legend of the ring in Manny Pacquiao.

Originally published as Question that brought Horn to tears

Jeff and his two girls.
Jeff and his two girls.

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