How Did Jeff Horn’s Trainer Respond To Criticism?
Jeff Horn’s trainer has a message for his critics.
On August 26, Horn took on Tim Tszyu inside Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Queensland, Australia. Horn fought tough but he couldn’t work his inside game. Tszyu kept his distance and was able to pepper his opponent with punches throughout the fight. In the end, Horn’s cornermen and referee Phil Austin had seen enough at the conclusion of the eighth round. Tszyu was awarded the victory via RTD.
Glenn Rushton, the head trainer of Horn, was under criticism for not stopping the fight sooner. Rushton didn’t hesitate to respond (h/t Boxing Scene).
“I don’t sleep well when these things happen, you care an awful lot about the fighter. Just to clear up how the fight ended, the referee did actually stop the fight. Was Jeff getting badly hurt? No. But the pop wasn’t there, we could just see that the fire was gone.”
Rushton then explained how the bout ultimately came to an end.
“We said to him at the end of the eighth round, ‘Jeff, do you want to go on?’ He shrugged his shoulders. Steven [Edwards], the other cornerman, said ‘I think he’s answered the question’. Phil Austin came over and said ‘you’ve had enough.'”
Horn was hoping to capitalize on his majority decision victory over Michael Zerafa but it wasn’t meant to be. Horn was gracious in defeat, praising Tszyu by calling him young and hungry. Horn also expressed his belief that Tszyu has all the makings of a true world champion.
With the loss, Horn’s record drops to 20-3-1. He has gone 2-3 in his last five outings. Horn has said he plans on dusting himself off and getting back on the horse. He’s hoping to have the full backing of Australia when he makes his return to the ring.