Jeff Horn says he will now focus on enjoying the festive season and the impending birth of his daughter following his victory in the Battle of Brisbane 2 last night.
Horn retained his WBO world title, beating British opponent Gary Corcoran by a technical knockout in the 11th round.
“It all went to plan,” Horn said. “Now we can focus on a happy and merry Christmas and new year, and look forward to our daughter being born.”
Talking to reporters in Brisbane this morning, Horn said while he was surprised how tough his challenger was, it couldn’t compare to his previous fight with Manny Pacquiao.
“All these big fights now, nothing can get bigger than that,” he said.
“Once you get thrown in the deep end that much at the start, you can’t really go wrong.”
The former teacher is facing a mandatory fight against American Terence Crawford, which is expected to take place in Las Vegas in April but is yet to be locked in.
“Not many people gave me a chance against Manny Pacquiao, I was a big underdog, but I beat him as well, and I can do the same to Crawford,’’ Horn said.
His trainer, Glenn Rushton, said it is probably the “hardest fight in the world” right now.
“When you think about it, the guy that’s beaten the 11-time world champion versus the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world — it doesn’t get much bigger than that,” Rushton said.
Rushton said it would be a difficult fight for Horn, but he was confident his charge could win again.
Jeff Horn aims a punch at Gary Corcoran
“It’s going to require really good preparation, we can’t afford to miss a beat — not against Crawford,” he said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Horn’s win had put the state on the map for staging world-class boxing matches, and said he was an “inspiration” to Queenslanders.
“I think every Queenslander on Boxing Day this year will be thinking of Jeff Horn,” Ms Palaszczuk said.