Trainer urging Horn to keep off social media
TRAINER Glenn Rushton is urging Jeff Horn to stay away from social media as the build-up to Sunday's Battle of Brisbane with Manny Pacquiao intensifies.
Horn has been the subject of some negative comments ahead of the WBO world welterweight title fight at Suncorp Stadium and while Rushton says boxing banter was on the most part a good thing, he said he would be telling the 29-year-old to steer clear.
"I would prefer him not look at what people are saying," Rushton, who began training Horn 11 years ago after he was bullied at school.
"I don't read forums or things like that.
"I am aware they are out there and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
"I think it's healthy, it's great for the sport, but my suggestion will be to Jeff to stay off social media."
Rushton said the fight would be a battle between two good guys and there would be no need for the trash talk that seems to go with big fights these days.
"There are no bad guys here," he said.
"There are just two local heroes. I think it just goes to show just how great a sport boxing is and when you have two good guys, you don't need a trash talker.
"These are two great boxers here who have just prepared beautifully. It's going to be a war come Sunday."
Rushton said there was an element of pressure on himself ahead of Sunday's fight but he wasn't feeling it.
"It (pressure) is there," he admitted.
"In any sport if an athlete or team doesn't perform then it's always the trainer or the coach's fault.
"I don't feel it but I understand it's there."
As for Horn feeling the pressure, Rushton said it was important that his charge stayed in the moment and not let himself get carried away by what lies ahead of him.
"There's a mirror in the Stretton gym and on it reads 'Every second counts'," he said.
"As far as I am concerned it's all about staying in the moment.
"If we do that and that includes the 60 seconds between the rounds, then at the end of the fight on Sunday we will hear the words I want to hear and that's "new world champion."