“I want to remember my daughters’ names.” Pacquiao abuser quit boxing to save his brain
Igor Nekrasov July 4, 2023, 15:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Now Jeff Horn will fight against bullying in schools.
Former WBO world champion Jeff Horn has announced his retirement. The 35-year-old Australian reached the quarterfinals of the London Olympics, became the professional world champion, defeated Manny Pacquiao and shared a ring with Tim Tszyu, and has now officially hung his gloves on a nail.
Timofey Tszyu severely crushed the former world champion, who just didn’t make it to the ninth round!
35 years is the age when you can still box, and do it at a high level. But over the years, professional athletes have health problems, injuries, especially if the sport is associated with martial arts. And Horn was no exception in this regard. Jeff said that he could still please the audience with his performances in the ring, but due to memory problems he was forced to retire.
“I could accept a million dollar offer for one more fight, but my physical health is more important than my financial condition. To be honest, I have my concerns. I had some memory problems. I went through an exam and they told me that if I continued to struggle, there was a high risk that the situation would worsen and the brain would suffer even more. I have to protect myself and my brain because I want to remember my daughters’ names and the great moments in their lives. The results showed that my memory is below average for a normal person my age,” explained Jeff Horn.
And Horne really has something to remember. Jeff started his career in amateur boxing and he was very successful. In 2012, he represented Australia at the Olympic Games, reaching the quarterfinals, where he lost to future tournament silver medalist Denis Berinchyk of Ukraine. After that, Horn turned to the professionals, where he boxed primarily in his homeland of Australia. There, Jeff spent the main fight of his career, thanks to which he became known to the whole world. In 2017, Horn defeated the legendary Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision to become the WBO welterweight world champion. Of course, that victory and the decision of the judges, even years later, are puzzling, but the fact is the fact: then Horn got the main victory from him in his career.
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Jeff could not hold the title for a long time, soon Horn had another high-profile fight – against the undefeated American Terence Crawford. This time, the judges could not help the Australian, the fight in Las Vegas ended in the ninth round, when Crawford finished off the opponent and took the title.
After that, Jeff’s career began to decline, alternating wins and losses. Horn had his last fight three years ago, and not against anyone, but against Kostya Tszyu’s eldest son, Tim, who was just gaining momentum. Tszyu won by technical knockout after eight rounds, and Horn has not appeared in the ring since. But Jeff’s career itself is amazing: he shared the ring with Pacquiao, who made his professional debut as early as 1995, as well as Tszyu, who was born a year before Manny’s debut.
Three years after the fight with Tszyu, Jeff decided to officially end his career. Interestingly, it was on this day six years ago that he defeated Pacquiao and retired on a date important to him. Horn, by the way, has already decided what he will do in the future. No, he will not become a trainer or a promoter, his new activity will not be related to boxing. Jeff said that he was going to teach anti-bullying tactics in Queensland schools. It’s not boxing training, but according to Horn, the classes are much more meaningful to society. I’d like to believe that memory problems won’t affect the Australian boxer’s performance.
“I enjoyed my time, that’s for sure, as a boxer, but now I have a more important job. My next flight is definitely the biggest one, it’s personal and it’s about protecting all the children. I only see in the eyes of the children that they believe what I say and it changes their lives. So this is a very important message that I share with them. Many kids just don’t know what to do in a bullying situation. Or they have parents who say, “Just punch him in the nose.” I know that’s what my father used to tell me, but it doesn’t always work. I didn’t win the fights I got into in high school. So this will teach them how to properly handle the situation,” BoxingScene quotes Horn as saying.