Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Jeff Horn's Coach Confident of Dealing With Randall Bailey's Punch

By Vince Rugari

Rising Australian boxing star Jeff Horn is perfectly equipped to handle the biggest moment of his burgeoning career when it comes in front of a hometown crowd on Wednesday night.

That's the view of Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton, who says the 28-year-old schoolteacher is set to give three-time world champion Randall Bailey an almighty shock when the pair meet in their highly-anticipated bout at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Horn, the No.5 contender, can put himself in the frame for a potential world welterweight title shot if he can overcome the 41-year-old from Miami, Florida, who is considered one of the sport's hardest punchers and has a 71 per cent knockout rate.

jeff horn (2)_1

Bailey has lost just once since 2009, and that was a points decision.

Their meeting will be broadcast on Fox Sports and is Horn's big introduction to mainstream Australian audiences since he turned pro - the 2012 London Olympian has been toiling away in New Zealand for the last 18 months, quietly knocking off world-ranked boxers in relative anonymity back home to be unbeaten after 14 fights.

"It's a lot of pressure. But Jeff does handle the pressure well, it's something I've been building with him for years," Rushton told AAP.

"We had this big conversation about the burden of expectation going into the Olympics.

"It's just a matter of who handles it the best.

"A lot of guys are about to walk out and you just see they're going to jelly already.

"Jeff doesn't, he just gets in the zone. He's almost on another planet. He's not nervous."

Horn's preparation was completed on Monday night with a short, sharp session at Rushton's gym in the south of Brisbane, ahead of the weigh-in late on Tuesday.

"My elbows are aching, I can tell you just from the power he was generating with some of those punches, you can feel it in your shoulders and your elbows," Rushton said.

Rushton conceded Horn has a "latent weakness" in his throat, where he had a metal plate surgically inserted following a training accident earlier in the year that forced the fight to be pushed back.

The cartilage has not yet fully recovered and Bailey has declared his intention to target Horn's injury.

But Rushton has warned the American that whatever he has in store won't be enough - a view backed by bookies, who have Horn as a strong favourite to continue his stunning ascent up the world rankings.

"When Bailey hits Jeff, he'll get a shock because Jeff will just hit him back. He won't flinch. It will come back with interest," he said.

"That's where Randall Bailey is going to start doubting himself."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NakiFan on 04-27-2016

horn is going to get knocked stiff by bailey

Comment by CAMPER on 04-27-2016

I don't think so man. His style is custom-made for Bailey. The counter is there all day for KO King.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 04-26-2016

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;16649309]Wtf. Never even heard of someone having metal in their throat, but to be boxing a couple months after seems nuts. Bailey is well past it doe. If this kid gots anything he should still be able to win…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-26-2016

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;16649252]He had a major accident in sparring, he shouldn't be fighting, he got a hook to the throat and could have died. Bailey is too much for this kid anyway.[/QUOTE] Wtf. Never even heard of someone having metal in their…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 04-26-2016

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;16647815]Wtf is that about?[/QUOTE] He had a major accident in sparring, he shouldn't be fighting, he got a hook to the throat and could have died. Bailey is too much for this kid anyway.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Hughie Fury: Parker is No Old Man Like Klitschko, But I'm Ready Dorticos vs. Kudryashov - Cruiserweight WBSS Report Card Photos: Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez - Tested Tough To Win! Luis Ortiz: No Judges, I'll Knock Wilder Out - Then I Want Joshua! Terence Crawford: Mikey Garcia Fight Would Have To Be at 147 Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-Golovkin, Parker-Fury, Kovalev Campbell: Linares is Strong, Experienced - But This is My Time! Liam Williams Vows To Punish Liam Smith For His Trash Talk James DeGale: Groves or Smith Will Win WBSS - I Want Winner Hughie Fury: I Can't Look Past Parker, But I Feel I Can Unify Division Golovkin's Promoter: You Never Heard Canelo Booed Like That! Josh Taylor May Get To World Title Within a Year, Says McGuigan With Andre Ward Retired, Who is The #1 P4P Fighter in The World? Oscar Valdez Gets Off The Floor To Decision Genesis Servania Gilberto Ramirez Drops, Decisions a Very Game Jesse Hart Michael Conlan Drops, Stops Kenny Guzman in Second Round Loeffler: Canelo Should Be More Confident After Full 12 With GGG Conceicao, Kavaliauskas, Mayer, Lenny Z, Gaibnazarov Win Bouts Photos: Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell - in Top Form, Battle Ready Photos: Dorticos, Kudryashov - Get Tense, Ready For WBSS War Anthony Dirrell Denies Chavez Jr.'s Claim of Fight in November Lozano vs. Rodriguez Rematch Top Boxeo Telemundo Return Gervonta Davis Facing First Degree Aggravated Assault Charge Linares Weighs In at 134.2 Pounds; Campbell Weighs 134.8 Anthony Yigit vs. Sandor Martin - Undercard Information Castano Still Not Paid For Win Over Michel Soro, Legal Action Looms Hughie Fury: When I Say I'll Knock Parker Out, I'll Knock Him Out! Team Ramirez Dedicate Hart Fight To Mexico Earthquake Victims Photos: Sergey Kovalev, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy - Face To Face Michael Conlan Aims To Impress With Big Win in Tuscon Photos: Parker vs. Fury Erupts in Near Brawl at Weigh-In Jesus Soto Karass vs. Juan Carlos Abreu - ESPN, November 2 Valdez on Servania: There Was a Time Nobody Knew Pacquiao, Too Daniel Jacobs: Billy Joe Saunders is Running Scared To Death! Sergey Kovalev: 'Maybe' Virgil Hunter Will Train Me, 'Maybe Not' Kathy Duva on Sergey Kovalev's Current Market Value Ken Shiro-Pedro Guevara - WBC Clash Set For Loaded Tokyo Card Frank Warren Gives Take on Rio Ferdinand Becoming a Boxer Hughie Fury: Skin Condition Poisoned By Blood - Fully Fit Now! Joseph Parker Aims To Have Many More Fights on UK Soil
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement