JEFF Horn is getting more confident as he gets deeper into training for the fight against Manny Pacquiao, saying he may be able to send the 38-year-old fighting senator on the seat of his pants for good right in the first round.
Horn is looking to take Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight belt on July 2 at the Suncorp Arena in Brisbane and is positive his camp has found ways to score an early stoppage in the scheduled 12-round fight.
“Manny throws a lot of punches,” Horn said in an article by Grantlee Kieza on Australia’s Courier Mail.
“The more he throws, the more chances I’m going to have to counter punch. Anything can happen in a fight. Who knows this might even be a first round knockout like it was when I won the Australian title against Sam Colomban.”
The Horn-Colomban fight was over three years ago and only his fifth professional bout but the former schoolteacher, who now holds a 16-0-1 record, is positive he has what it takes to score quick win over the eight-division champion.
While Horn’s handlers have been studying Pacquiao’s previous fights, particularly those that show his major flaws including the sixth round knockout loss to Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, they say they are not relying too much on it.
Chief trainer Glenn Rushton remains hopeful Ukraine’s world junior-lightweight champ Vasyl Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will accept his offer to work as Horn’s main sparring partner three weeks before the fight as training intensifies ahead of the biggest bout in Australian history.
“We’re hoping to have Jeff spar 60 rounds with Lomachenko over two weeks with the sparring finishing a couple of weeks before the fight,’’ Rushton said.
“Lomachenko is thinking about bringing his wife and children with him to Brisbane for a holiday so things are looking very positive that he will be coming.”