Horn in 2017
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Reach||173 cm (68 in)|
|Born||4 February 1988|
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Wins by KO||13|
Jeffrey Christopher Horn Jr. (born 4 February 1988) is an Australian professional boxer who held the WBO welterweight title from 2017 to 2018. As an amateur he represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics, reaching the quarterfinals of the light-welterweight bracket. As of June 2020, he is ranked as the world's tenth best active middleweight by BoxRec.
As a relative newcomer to the sport, Horn won his first Australian title in 2009 and repeated the feat in 2011. He went on to win a silver medal at the Gee-Bee Tournament in Helsinki and compete at the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku where he lost to eventual champion Everton Lopes in the second round. In 2012, he picked up his third Australian title and first Oceania title to earn a spot at the London Olympics.
2012 London Olympics
Men's light-welterweight (64 kg)
- Round of 32 (first match): defeated Gilbert Choombe, Zambia (5)
- Round of 16 (second match): defeated Abderrazak Houya, Tunisia (11)
- Quarterfinals (third match): lost to Denys Berinchyk, Ukraine (21)
Horn made his professional debut in Melbourne on 1 March 2013, winning by second-round technical knockout. In just his seventh pro bout he outpointed two-time world title challenger and former IBF #1 contender Naoufel Ben Rabah. On 27 April 2016, Horn faced former two-division world champion Randall Bailey. After dropping Bailey in the second round, Horn was knocked down in the third round. Horn won by TKO after Bailey refused to get up from his corner before round eight. On 21 October 2016, Horn fought Rico Mueller and defeated the German by TKO in round nine. After the fight, the WBO ranked him the #2 welterweight in the world. On 10 December 2016, Horn faced former IBO welterweight champion Ali Funeka, whom he stopped in the sixth round. With Top Rank promoter Bob Arum in attendance, his win set up a potential showdown with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Horn vs. Pacquiao
Horn signed up to face WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane on 23 April 2017. The announcement of the fight was met with relative surprise and disappointment due to Horn's limited exposure on the world stage, which led Pacquiao to comment "I don't know who Jeff Horn is". A tweet on 12 February by Pacquiao complicated negotiations when he said that he planned to fight in the United Arab Emirates. On 26 February, Pacquiao and Amir Khan announced that they had reached an agreement to fight, leaving Horn without an opponent. On 7 March the fight with Khan was called off and on 5 April a deal for the Pacquiao–Horn fight was reached. A press conference on 10 April signaled confirmation of the fight, which took place at Suncorp Stadium on 2 July 2017. Horn defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision after 12 rounds. CompuBox stats showed that Pacquiao landed 182 out of 573 punches thrown (32%), whilst Horn landed only 92 of 625 thrown (15%). Many pundits, as well as many current and former boxers, believed Pacquiao had done enough to retain the WBO title.
Horn's equivocal win over Pacquiao was also widely criticized by boxing analysts, sports journalists and fans alike, with many comparing the decision to that of the controversial Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight. In regards to the controversial scorecards, ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the fight 117–111 and ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas scored it 116–111, both for Pacquiao. The Guardian and the International Business Times both scored the fight in Pacquiao's favor as well, 117–111. BoxingScene had it 116–112 for Pacquiao, while CBS Sports scored the fight 114–114 even. BoxNation's Steve Bunce scored the fight 115–113 for Horn. In total, 12 of 15 media outlets scored the bout for Pacquiao, 2 of 15 outlets ruled in favor of Horn and 1 scored a draw.
Pacquiao claimed Horn got away with numerous dirty tactics in the fight, using illegal blows including elbows and headbutts.
Rescore by WBO
In response to a formal request by the Philippine Games and Amusements Board, the WBO agreed to review the fight between Pacquiao and Horn. It was scored round-by-round by five anonymous judges, but the WBO stated that they do not have the power to reverse the original result of the fight. The WBO rescored the fight in favor of Horn winning seven rounds and Pacquiao winning five.
First title defence
Initially, Horn was to give Pacquiao a rematch, but the rematch has been delayed and may not eventuate. As a result, Horn instead made a voluntary defence of the WBO title against Gary Corcoran on 13 December 2017. Corcoran’s corner decided to throw in the towel in the eleventh round, thus Horn retained the title via TKO. Both fighters were cut during the fight, but Horn was leading on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
Horn was challenged by Terence Crawford on 9 June 2018, for the WBO welterweight title. Crawford defeated Horn via technical knockout in the ninth round, becoming the new WBO welterweight champion.
Horn moved up to middleweight after the loss to Crawford and faced Anthony Mundine on 30 November 2018. He defeated Mundine in just 96 seconds and then faced Michael Zerafa on 31 August 2019 in Bendigo. For the second time in his career, Horn lost via technical knockout in the ninth round. Horn however won the rematch on 18 December 2019 by majority decision to bring his record to 20–2–1.
Horn lives in Brisbane and his father, Jeff Horn Sr., is a builder. Horn's mother, Liza Dykstra, works for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. His grandfather, Ray Horn, fought in exhibition boxing matches in the Queensland outback during the 1930s. His second cousin is Graham Quirk, the former Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
His daughter, Isabelle Kate Horn, was born on 30 December 2017.
Awards and recognitions
- October 2017 - Sport Australia Hall of Fame Don Award, recognising the sporting achievement of the year which has inspired the people of Australia.
- November 2017 - Queensland Sport Star of the Year.
- December 2017 - Sporting Moment of The Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards.
Professional boxing record
|23 fights||20 wins||2 losses|
|24||N/A||N/A||Tim Tszyu||N/A||– (10)||26 Aug 2020||Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, Australia||For IBF Australasian and WBO Global light-middleweight titles|
|23||Win||20–2–1||Michael Zerafa||MD||10||18 Dec 2019||Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia||Won WBA Oceania, and WBO Oriental middleweight titles|
|22||Loss||19–2–1||Michael Zerafa||TKO||9 (10)||31 Aug 2019||Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Australia||Lost WBA Oceania, and WBO Oriental middleweight titles|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Anthony Mundine||KO||1 (12), 1:36||30 Nov 2018||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||Won WBO Oriental and vacant WBA Oceania middleweight titles|
|20||Loss||18–1–1||Terence Crawford||TKO||9 (12), 2:33||9 Jun 2018||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US||Lost WBO welterweight title|
|19||Win||18–0–1||Gary Corcoran||TKO||11 (12), 1:35||13 Dec 2017||Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia||Retained WBO welterweight title|
|18||Win||17–0–1||Manny Pacquiao||UD||12||2 Jul 2017||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||Won WBO welterweight title|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Ali Funeka||TKO||6 (10), 0:30||10 Dec 2016||Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand||Retained WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title|
|16||Win||15–0–1||Rico Mueller||TKO||9 (12), 2:19||21 Oct 2016||Sleeman Centre, Brisbane, Australia||Retained IBF Inter-Continental welterweight title|
|15||Win||14–0–1||Randall Bailey||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||27 Apr 2016||Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia||Retained IBF Inter-Continental and WBO Oriental welterweight titles;|
Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title
|14||Win||13–0–1||Ahmed El Mousaoui||UD||10||5 Dec 2015||Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand||Retained IBF Inter-Continental and WBO Oriental welterweight titles|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco||UD||10||15 Oct 2015||The Trusts Arena, Henderson, New Zealand||Retained WBA Pan African, IBF Inter-Continental, WBO Oriental and PABA welterweight titles;|
Won vacant WBA Oceania interim welterweight title
|12||Win||11–0–1||Viktor Plotnikov||TD||7 (10), 3:00||1 Aug 2015||Stadium Southland, Invercargill, New Zealand||Retained WBA Pan African, WBO Oriental and PABA welterweight titles;|
Won IBF Inter-Continental welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after Horn was cut from an accidental head clash
|11||Win||10–0–1||Richmond Djarbeng||TKO||3 (12), 2:03||13 Jun 2015||Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand||Retained WBO Oriental and PABA welterweight titles;|
Won WBA Pan African welterweight title
|10||Win||9–0–1||Robson Assis||KO||5 (10)||6 Dec 2014||Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand||Retained WBO Oriental and PABA welterweight titles|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Fernando Ferreira da Silva||UD||12||5 Jul 2014||Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, New Zealand||Retained WBO Oriental welterweight title;|
Won vacant PABA welterweight title
|8||Win||7–0–1||Rivan Cesaire||TKO||9 (12), 1:44||19 Mar 2014||Jupiters Theatre, Gold Coast, Australia||Won vacant WBO Oriental welterweight title|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Naoufel Ben Rabah||UD||6||6 Dec 2013||Metro City Northbridge, Perth, Australia|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Aswin Cabuy||TKO||2 (8), 0:31||16 Nov 2013||Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia|
|5||Win||4–0–1||Samuel Colomban||KO||1 (10), 1:18||12 Sep 2013||Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia||Won vacant ANBF welterweight title|
|4||Draw||3–0–1||Rivan Cesaire||TD||3 (8), 0:35||8 Aug 2013||Southport RSL Club, Gold Coast, Australia||Unanimous TD after Cesaire was cut from an accidental head clash|
|3||Win||3–0||Nuengsiam Kiatsongsang||TKO||1 (4), 2:42||9 May 2013||Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia|
|2||Win||2–0||Torin Rophia||KO||1 (6), 1:33||27 Apr 2013||Fortitude Stadium, Brisbane, Australia|
|1||Win||1–0||Jody Allen||TKO||2 (4), 2:22||1 Mar 2013||Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Australia|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byFred Tukes
| Australian welterweight champion
12 September 2013 – January 2014
Title next held byRivan Cesaire
Title last held bySamuel Colomban
| WBO Oriental
19 March 2014 – June 2016
Title next held byAlexandr Zhuravskiy
Title last held byTewa Kiram
| PABA welterweight champion
5 July 2014 – December 2015
Title next held byTewa Kiram
Title last held byRichmond Djarbeng
| WBA Pan African
13 June 2015 – November 2015
Title next held byPaul Kamanga
| IBF Inter-Continental
1 August 2015 – February 2017
Title next held byTsiko Mulovhedzi
|New title|| WBA Oceania
15 October 2015 – December 2015
Title last held bySadam Ali
| WBO Inter-Continental
27 April 2016 – April 2017
Title next held byGary Corcoran
Title last held byTej Pratap Singh
| WBA Oceania
30 November 2018 – 31 August 2019
| WBO Oriental|
30 November 2018 – 31 August 2019
| WBA Oceania
18 December 2019 – present
| WBO Oriental|
18 December 2019 – present
|World boxing titles|
| WBO welterweight champion
2 July 2017 – 9 June 2018