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Jeff Horn Overcomes Knockdown, Stops Randall Bailey In Seven

By Jake Donovan

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Jeff Horn survived what on paper was suggested to be his toughest test to date, trading knockdowns with Randall Bailey before registering a 7th round stoppage win Wednesday evening at the Convention & Exhibtion Centre in Brisbane, Australia. 

The matchup was originally in play for March 2, but was forcibly delayed after Horn (13-0-1, 8KOs) suffered a fractured larynx during a sparring session. He looked as good as new heading into the evening's main event, boxing well early on and even beating Bailey to the punch in flooring the 41-year old Floridian in round two. 

Pre-fight logic suggested the only chance that Bailey stood of claiming a win in Australia was by knockout, not a terrible scenario considering it's his served as his preferred method of victory throughout his 20-year career. The former two-division titlist thought he struck gold in round three, when a right hand shot stunned Horn to the point of forcing his glove to touch the canvas, thus correctly ruled a knockdown.

It turned out to be the lone bright spot for Bailey, as Horn quickly recovered and permanently seized control of the bout. Perhaps the most stunning development was the 28-year old local favorite opting to stand and trade with the noted puncher, standing squarely in the pocket in lieu of a stick-and-move strategy that would've ensured a safer route to victory. 

His instincts proved effective, as Bailey's corner opted to not let their boxer continue following the end of the seventh round. 

Horn improves to 14-0-1 (9KOs) with the win, his first of the year and also a return to his knockout ways following back-to-back decision wins. 

Bailey snaps a three fight win streak in falling to 46-9 (39KOs). 

UNDERCARD

Solomon Haumono has now won four straight following a 6th round stoppage of Argentina's Manuel Alberto Pucheta (39-12, 31KOs) in a battle of middle-aged heavyweights. Haumono (24-2-2, 21KOs) - a 40-year old New Zealander now based out of Sydney - is being groomed by his local handlers for a title shot, but struggled for most of the night with the 44-year old Pucheta before finally turning the tide and registering a stoppage win at 2:29 of round six. 

Willis Meehan (5-0, 4KOs) collected his fourth consecutive knockout after stopping Riki Barclay (0-1, 0KOs) in the opening round of their heavyweight preliminary. The 20-year old Meehan - the son of former heavyweight contender Kali Meehan and a current footballer for the Sydney Roosters - was quick to the strike, attacking Barclay early and finishing him off at just 1:02 of round one. 

All bouts aired live on Fox Sports Australia.

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Follow him on his shiny new Twitter account: @JakeNDaBox_v2

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

I was sure bailey was retired..

Comment by bulldognyc on 04-27-2016

The fact that Bailey was afforded another opportunity on the world stage is beyond me. He should've hung them up after the Alexander fight. Which I attended, and which was by the worse boxing and sports engagement I have ever…

Comment by knockoutkid on 04-27-2016

lol @ dwyer, straddlings a mugs game. lol

Comment by mlac on 04-27-2016

Bailey has had enough. (and dywer loses another bet lol, had bailey to win hedged with horn Points) great fight :boxing: edit: [MENTION=151505]Furn[/MENTION] yeah he was on bambi legs 2 or 3 times. thought he was gunna get finished at…

Comment by Furn on 04-27-2016

Good fight, Horn was in serious trouble after a huge right hand in Rd 3.

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