The previous schoolteacher who surprised Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO world welterweight title has dismissed options he didn’t should win.
Jeff Horn beat Pacquiao, an eight-time world champion, following a unanimous factors determination in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao’s coaches and celebrities together with Lennox Lewis and Kobe Bryant had been vital of the judges’ name on the consequence.
However the comparatively unknown Australian, 29, mentioned he was worthy of the win.
“There’ll all the time be a backlash the place folks say I received fortunate, or no matter,” he informed reporters on Monday.
“There’ll all the time be the naysayers saying I didn’t win the combat, however I felt like I received the combat. Quite a lot of Queenslanders assume I received the combat and other people all over the world.”
Pacquiao’s Australian coach, former heavyweight boxer Justin Fortune, had described the referee as “sketchy” and the judges as “loopy” following the bout.
Nevertheless Pacquiao, 38, congratulated his opponent and mentioned he revered the choice.
The Australian responded by paying tribute to his rival, describing him as “an absolute warrior, a legend of the game”.
Horn, who taught at a Brisbane faculty till solely not too long ago, mentioned he believed his former college students could be proud.
“I’ve quite a bit to do with the varsity nonetheless,” he mentioned. “I do not go there and educate however I nonetheless go to the colleges and I do know the children might be happy with what I’ve performed.”
Nicknamed “The Hornet”, he additionally drew reward from admirers together with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“What a fantastic Australian story – congratulations,” Mr Turnbull mentioned.
“Brisbane faculty trainer to world champion. In opposition to the entire pundits.”
His grandfather, Ray Horn, mentioned he was additionally very proud.
“If anybody had ever informed me I might have a grandchild I might have discovered it exhausting to consider,” he informed the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
“However I might assume they had been nuts in the event that they informed me I might be a grandfather of a world champion in the future.”
Greater than 51,000 spectators watched the bout at Brisbane’s Lang Park stadium.
Horn arrange his victory with an aggressive begin earlier than each fighters drained within the closing rounds.
Reports claim the underdog received a assured A$500,000 (£295,000; $384,000) from his combat in opposition to Pacquiao, and he may now be set for even larger paydays.
Horn has already challenged US boxer Floyd Mayweather to a combat and mentioned he would contemplate a re-match in opposition to Pacquiao.