Jeff Horn was bullied before taking up boxing, now he wants to win over the cyber bullies and has the support of legendary champion Jeff Fenech.
In the lead-up to Saturday’s fight with Victorian Michael Zerafa for the WBA Oceania middleweight title in Bendigo, Victoria, Horn has spoken of the frustration he feels at having his fistic feats belittled.
Some critics refuse to accept Horn’ points win over Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title in Brisbane in July 2017, even though a subsequent independent review of the scoring confirmed the result.
“A lot of people talk down my achievements, Michael (Zerafa) did it earlier in this campaign, saying who I beat and that they weren’t very good, it is frustrating,” Horn said.
“Every day on Facebook you get that online bullying of people saying that’ ‘you’ve done nothing, you’ve fought no-one, you didn’t win that fight (against Pacquiao) anyway.’
“There’s so much things spoken about, but if I’ve got to convert one person at a time or a few people at a time that’s what I’m going to do, and I guess the next step for me to prove to someone, is Michael.”
The criticism suggesting Horn beat a fading Pacquiao has been discredited by the Filipino’s recent results.
Since losing to Horn, Pacquiao has won three successive fights, last month taking the WBA super welterweight title off the previously unbeaten Keith Thurman.
“Manny Pacquiao just fought Keith Thurman, one of the best fighters in the world, and totally dominated him,” three-division world champion Fenech said in Bendigo.
“Has anyone ever seen Manny Pacquiao after a fight look like he did against Jeff Horn?
“I’ve never seen him look like that and that’s why (Pacquiao) will never fight you (Horn) again.
“Your style was something that he was not used to, his team underestimated you and you done an amazing job.
“I’ve seen that stuff on Facebook too, but just ignore it and just tell Manny to come and fight (you) again which he never will.
“Offer him all the money in the world, he will never be back, he doesn’t need to take that punishment.
“For Manny to have do what he is doing his last couple of fights makes it even more amazing what you’ve done, so I take my hat off to you mate.”