WBO affirms Horn's victory

By Daily Sports on July 12, 2017

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The World Boxing Organization has reviewed the controversial bout between Manny Pacquaio and Jeff Horn and found that Horn was indeed the rightful winner.

The Filipino boxing champion lost his WBO Welterweight title after his shock defeat to newcomer Horn in the "Battle of Brisbane" on July 2.

Horn, a former schoolteacher, won by unanimous decision, prompting calls for a rematch or review.

Few thought Horn could take down the 38-year-old Pacquiao, whose last fight and win was against American Jessie Vargas in November 2016.

The Philippines' Games and Amusement Board (GAB) submitted a formal request to review the fight, which was backed by the losing fighter. Pacquiao said "as a leader" he had a "moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public."

Of the five judges who re-watched the bout round-by-round, three gave the fight to Horn, one to Pacquiao and another called it a draw.

Horn posted the WBO's decision on his Facebook page with the message "Just FYI guys," tagging actor Samuel L. Jackson, retired basketball star Kobe Bryant, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith, boxing commentator Teddy Atlas and NFL quarterback Aaron Rogers -- all of who expressed their astonishment that Pacquiao had lost. (CNN)

•Photo shows Jeff Horn. 

Source Daily Sports

Posted July 12, 2017

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