Horn was clinical in his display- dropping his opponent several times over the course of the scheduled 10 round bout. The final bell would never ring however- with "The Hornet" winning via TKO in the 6th round against a game Funeka.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had a lot of praise for the Aussie schoolteacher-
Arum: “I thought Jeff Horn was tremendous. I love the kid. He’s a real throwback fighter and he’ll have a tremendous appeal to boxing fans in the States. He fought a really tough awkward guy and I think he has a big, big future."
Such words will likely be music to the ears of Horn and his trainer Glenn Rushton- both of which are eager for a match-up with one of the big names in the sport-
Horn: "We would really like to fight and beat a big name in the sport. I am very keen to fight the likes of Vargas- his style suits me. Bradley is a shorter guy but a great boxer- but I still know I could have him also."
Speaking on a potential showdown with 8-division world champion and sporting icon Manny Pacquiao, Horn had the following to say-
Horn: Yes, Bob has mentioned fighting Pacquiao to me. It is very exciting. He is a star, even in my eyes. Don't get me wrong I would wipe that from my brain and try and give him little respect if we were to fight next year in one of his last bouts."
Arum believes that in order for a fight to take place with Pacquiao, Horn would first need to secure victory against one of the top tier welterweights- in either Tim Bradley or Jessie Vargas-
Arum: “We want to build the best stage for him but the truth is that back in the States where a big Pacquiao fight would probably have to happen, Jeff is still not very well known so we first have to put him in with one of the top welterweights to build his name.’’
Win, lose, or draw, chances are a bout with one of the top welterweights would move mountains for Horn's career. Exposure in the States on a big Top Rank show would give the young Aussie the exposure he needs to continually seek these big name fights. Horn, however, will be looking towards these bouts with nothing less than victory in his mind- and believes that all he needs is to back himself, his desire to win and his power.
Horn: All I have to do is land clean and I will hurt anyone in my division. I will keep working on my skills in the gym and aim to better myself everyday for a big clash. That's all you can do is be as confident as you can going into fights. If you are thinking you are in over your head you probably will be."
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.