The previous schoolteacher who surprised Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO world welterweight title has dismissed ideas he didn’t need to 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 have been crucial of the judges’ name on the end result.
However the comparatively unknown Australian, 29, mentioned he was worthy of the win.
“There’ll at all times be a backlash the place individuals say I acquired fortunate, or no matter,” he informed reporters on Monday.
“There’ll at all times be the naysayers saying I didn’t win the struggle, however I felt like I gained the struggle. Numerous Queenslanders suppose I gained the struggle and folks 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 college till solely lately, mentioned he believed his former college students can be proud.
“I’ve rather a lot to do with the varsity nonetheless,” he mentioned. “I do not go there and train however I nonetheless go to the faculties and I do know the children will probably be pleased with what I’ve carried out.”
Nicknamed “The Hornet”, he additionally drew reward from admirers together with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“What an incredible Australian story – congratulations,” Mr Turnbull mentioned.
“Brisbane college 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 laborious to consider,” he informed the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
“However I might suppose they have 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 last rounds.
Reports claim the underdog gained a assured A$500,000 (£295,000; $384,000) from his struggle towards Pacquiao, and he might now be set for even greater paydays.
Horn has already challenged US boxer Floyd Mayweather to a struggle and mentioned he would think about a re-match towards Pacquiao.