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Horn surprises Pacquiao and snatches welterweight title in controversial decision

Australian Jeff Horn was proclaimed the new welterweight champion, World Organization version of Boxing (WBO), by beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

The fight, played over 12 rounds, at Suncorp Stadium, before more than 55,000 spectators, left a controversial result after the three judges gave the 29-year-old Horn the winner, with scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115- 113, respectively.

However, only the three judges who worked on the fight saw Horn as the winner, the rest of the experts and information professionals who followed and covered the fight, the winner had been by unanimous decision Pacquiao, with scores that all oscillated between 117 -111 and 116-112.

The final verdict, which left Horn and all the Australian fans happy, was the black mark of a great fight, in which the two fighters were always ready to exchange blows, with an advantage for the 38-year-old former Philippine champion, who he harshly punished his rival.

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But the young Australian fighter, who left his mark at 17-0-1, with 11 knockouts, absorbed all the punishment, especially in the ninth round, when the referee was about to stop the fight with all the blood covering his face. of the new world champion.

The statistics of the fight also left no doubt of the superiority of Pacquiao who threw 574 blows for 627 of Horn, but the Filipino fighter placed 183 for only 93 of the Australian, with percentages of 32 and 13, respectively.

However, judges Waleska Roldán (117-111), Chris Flores and Ramón Cerdán, both with 115-113, saw another fight, or blows that were not registered by the official count.

Pacquiao’s new controversial defeat (59-7-2) is no longer a novelty in his career since he had to live the same experience in 2012 when he lost in the same way to American Timothy Bradley Jr. after the judges saw him second as the winner by split decision, one of the most controversial in the history of the boxing.

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But once again, also, as happened after the loss to Bradley Jr., whom he later won twice, Pacquiao was resigned and an athlete, saying that it had been a decision of the judges.

“It is what they saw and it is the decision of the judges, which I respect,” said Pacquiao at the end of the fight and the verdict of the same.

Perhaps as preventing what could happen in Australian lands, Pacquiao in the contract he signed for the fight with Horn established the mandatory rematch clause if he lost the fight.

“Absolutely that I will exercise it,” said Pacquiao, who assured that there will be a rematch fight with Horn. “We have that right to fight again and therefore there is no problem.”

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For his part, Horn admitted that he had received a harsh punishment from Pacquiao, but that he always followed the advice they gave him from his corner, in addition to the support, and that was the key to endure the entire fight.

“Maybe because of the scandalous blood it could have seemed that I was in danger, but in the end I held on well and I think I deserved the triumph,” said Horn.

As for the rematch with Pacquiao, he admitted that it was included in the contract and therefore he would not have any problem in facing each other again and in fact they will do so when the representatives of both fighters establish it and consider it appropriate.

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