Arum: Boxing Has Been Crying So Long For a Kid Like Jeff Horn!

Jeff Horn's rapid ascent to the top of world boxing is just the start of Dean Lonergan's ambitious plan to revive the sport in Australia.

The Duco Events boss is plotting for a fresh crop of fighters to follow the Horn blueprint and go from anonymous domestic battlers to rich international stars.

Two of them - Rohan Murdock and Nathaniel May - fought on the undercard of Horn's WBO welterweight title defence against Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night.

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Both secured crushing wins that impressed Top Rank supremo Bob Arum so much they are in the frame for career-defining fights in the US next year.

"You are seeing the start of a rebirth," Lonergan said. "We're not interested in winning world titles - that's just part of the deal.

"We want to produce fighters to become great sportsmen for this country and produce great sporting moments and become legends.

"We started it three years ago by signing Jeff Horn, progressing him, giving him the hard fights, building a relationship with Bob, who's got an amazing platform through ESPN.

"There's a lot of talent here that's just got to be developed correctly." Murdock, 25, is a perfect example.

The Gold Coast super middleweight hasn't lost for the past six years but is unknown to most Australian sports fans.

He's being lined up to fight two southpaws on the undercards of WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez's events next year in Texas and Mexico.

If he comes through unscathed, Lonergan wants to stage a world title fight between Ramirez and Murdock on the sands of Surfers Paradise.

Lonergan certainly isn't afraid to think big - it's understood he wanted to stage Horn's fight against Corcoran on Brisbane's Story Bridge but couldn't overcome the logistical hurdles.

Arum has bought into his vision and believes Murdock has a clean-cut look that could appeal to US audiences, just like Horn.

"I'm looking to make really good fights and the fact we could do the championship fight on the Gold Coast is really attractive," Arum said.

And he sees Horn as someone having the potential to become major superstar in the United States.

“He can be a major mainstream star in the US, “Arum said. “Boxing has been crying out for a kid like this for so long. He’s a great fighter, a good-looking, clean-cut schoolteacher married to his high school sweetheart. A lot of people in boxing don’t necessarily speak well or politely but butter wouldn’t melt in this kid’s mouth. He’s a great role model for young fighters.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by reddplegg on 12-15-2017

For boxing to survive more kids like Jeff Horn are needed badly. Most of boxing today is made up scum kids the throwaways no one wants or needs. Kids like Horn can save Boxing. Think about it? DUH?

Comment by revelated on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=Scopedog;18333705]Okay, what does he actually mean by this? What's so different about Jeff Horn compared to everyone else? Is it because he's white or what?[/QUOTE] I'ma help you out. [LIST=1] [*]Jeff "The Hornet" Horn has a clean cut look, great…

Comment by RedZmaja on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=KnockoutKings;18334492]Its obvious what happened with Pac-Horn. Remeber Pacman and Koncz stepped out on their own and tried to get the Khan fight to happen? Well Bob was on some mafia type ish during the Pacman-Horn fight. He made Team Pacquiao…

Comment by Mukuro on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=Shontae De'marc;18333677]Can confirm! Before Jeff Horn I was contemplating suicide, but now I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is Jeff 'p4p#1' Horn[/QUOTE] Let's not be too modest here. We are talking about TBE.…

Comment by gauze on 12-14-2017

as the official spokesperson for racist white boxing fans, white people give zero f[b]u[/b]cks about jeff horn. maybe they do in australia, i dunno. rooting for crawford when they fight lol.

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