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WBO review says Horn won 'Battle of Brisbane'

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MANILA — Now it can be told that Australian Jeff Horn really won the "Battle of Brisbane" last July 2.


This as the World Boxing Organization (WBO), after review of the fight of Horn with world boxing icon and Philippine Senator Emmanuel "Manny " Pacquiao, affirmed the Australian slugger's victory.

 

In a statement reported by Agence France Presse, the WBO stated: "Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent."

 

"Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent," WBO stated.

 

"From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout," WBO concluded in the statement.

 

There was no immediate response from Senator Pacquiao and Team Pacquiao.

 

But Top Rank's Bob Arum, in a television interview on GMA, claimed that the WBO review did not settle anything, but showed that the Horn-Pacquiao battle "was a close fight."

 

"Well it doesn't settle anything. It was a very close fight. It could have been scored either way. I had Manny winning the fight by one point, but you know when it gets that close, the fight can go either way," Arum said on GMA news.

 

"First of all they didn't [rule] that Jeff Horn clearly won the fight. They (WBO) had five judges scoring the fight: three had Horn winning narrowly, one had it at draw, one had Pacquiao winning," Arum told the network in live interview.

 

Despite his statements, Arum said Pacquiao should accept the decision and "move on."

 

"Manny has to decide what he wants to do in the future and we'll take it from there," he said.

 

Arum said that after two weeks, he may travel to the Philippines to determine from Pacquiao himself if he would want a rematch with Horn.

 

"I will see whether he really wants to do a rematch, whether he wants to continue boxing, or whether because of his senatorial duty, he is unable to continue," he said.

 

Arum said he would support any Pacquiao-Horn rematch, especially if Pacquiao decides later to fight Horn again.

 

Arum said a decision is a decision and all must respect the decision.

 

Horn's father, Jeff Horn Sr., in another GMA New interview, welcome the WBO review decision made by five judges or boxing experts.

 

He said that despite the pronouncements of Pacquiao regarding the outcome of the fight, their camp respects the Filipino as a boxer.

 

"Manny Pacquiao is just a great warrior and we respect him tremendously for what he has achieved in boxing," he said.

 

He said Pacquiao was a "great warrior" and "respect him" especially for his achievements in boxing.

 

Horn Sr. said he supports a rematch of his son with Pacquiao, saying Pacquiao is a natural welterweight.

 

He assured that his son, who is now the wBO welterweight title holder, will be more than 20 percent better for the rematch.

 

The review was sought by many and supported even by the Philippines' sports agency, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).


The WBO was triggered by claims by many, including Pacquiao, that the results could have gone the other way or a draw at best .

 

Horn stunned the Filipino legend—who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions—with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.

 

The WBO—which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven—set up a panel of five independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.

 

The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement, AFP reported.

 

Earlier, the Philippines' Games and Amusements Board (GAB) welcomed the World Boxing Organization (WBO) decision to review the fight.

 

“It’s good that WBO has acted on our request for review,” said GAB Chairman Abraham Kahlil “Baham” Mitra.


Pacquiao lost his WBO world welterweight title to Horn by a unanimous decision from the three judges -- Waleska Roldan (117-111), Chris Flores (1150-113) and Ramon Cerdan (115-113).

 

"I assure you that the Officials who participated in this fight are all professional, distinguished, honest and honorable human beings," said Varcarcel.

 

Valcarcel, however, said that "WBO does not have jurisdiction in the first instance to revoke any decision, as that would correspond to the Australian National Boxing Federation."

 

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