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Arum Eyes Jeff Horn vs. Tim Bradley or Jessie Vargas in Early 2017

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has hailed rising Australian welterweight star Jeff Horn as a tremendous talent and believes the former schoolteacher has what it takes to crack the US boxing market.

Arum watched from ringside as Horn produced a spectacular sixth-round stoppage of South African veteran Ali Funeka in Auckland on Saturday night, a victory that is set to propel the 28-year-old from Brisbane's southside to lofty new heights.

So impressed was Arum that he is ready to take welterweight Horn to New York, Las Vegas or Macau by March next year to face one of the fighters from his Top Rank stable, either Jessie Vargas or Timothy Bradley, in a match that could yield a dream date with Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in late 2017.

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"He's a throwback fighter and he'll have tremendous appeal with boxing fans in the States," Arum said. "He fought a real tough awkward guy and he looked really tremendous.

"The truth is that back in the States where a Pacquiao fight will have to happen, Jeff Horn is not well known; only boxing people know him.

"That fight (Vargas or Bradley) I would like to see happen in the first three months of the year so that if Horn is successful, we can build for a fight with Pacquiao late in the year, because Manny told me he was fighting twice in 2017 and then he will hang up his gloves."

Horn's team would much rather square off with Vargas, a more traditional and predictable boxer, than the tough and skilful Bradley, but they are also keen on arranging a preparatory bout in Brisbane against either Mexican Antonio Orozco or Spainiard Ceferino Rodriguez in February.

With Horn ranked No.2 in the WBO before the fight, trainer Glenn Rushton believes the crushing win over Funeka, who was ranked No.8, will push him to the number one spot.

"I think we'll get number one. We're entitled to it. Bradley's been inactive, we've been very active. Two fights eight, should get one," Rushton said.

Arum has his eye on another Brisbane fighter, Shannon O'Connell, who was also on the undercard for Kiwi Joseph Parker's heavyweight title victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.

O'Connell, the WBC silver female super-bantamweight champion, delivered Argentine Laura Soledad Griffa her first career loss via unanimous decision and could also be bound for America.

"We are doing a big card on St. Patrick's Day at Madison Square Garden, maybe we will bring her over. She would be a real crowd pleaser," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by My Low Place on 12-13-2016

[QUOTE=mathed;17275563]LMAO, Bradley would pick Mosley to pieces, battering him all over the ring. I hope they make it against Bradley, Horn's own team said they would rather have Vargas because he is the easier opponent. Tim taxes that ass and…

Comment by BM dnobagaV on 12-13-2016

This guy is ass. Same as Ponomarev when I watched him fight live. Bradley wins every second and probably drops him. Vargas would blast him out in an exchange early on. A fight with Ali would be competitive because of…

Comment by mathed on 12-13-2016

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;17272189]WTF are you babbling about? TB must have made over 6 million dollars fighting Pac 3 times. I am pretty sure the entire Bradley family is very happy he resigned with TR. Most fighter's these days can only dream of…

Comment by mathed on 12-13-2016

[QUOTE=My Low Place;17271537]this did would murder mosley..bradley would likely go 12 with mosley... jessie vargas has no advantages on this guy tim bradley would be in the fight of his life with jeff..[/QUOTE] LMAO, Bradley would pick Mosley to pieces,…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-13-2016

[QUOTE=RomanReigns;17273118]How's your WWE try out? Saw your profile. And you are a very good wrestler.[/QUOTE] I didn't actually do the tryout my buddies did, I am too old for WWE lol.

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