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HORN WANTS SOME RESPECT AS WORLD CHAMPION


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WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) thinks he is being humiliated by some fighters in the welterweight class, who commented that he's not a factor in the division. Months have passed after his upset win over Manny Pacquiao, there are still some boxers and fans who criticize Horn's victory over Pacquiao even if the WBO had held a recount by five anonymous judges and confirmed his victory. They rescored the fight in favor of Horn winning seven rounds to Pacquiao's five.

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Horn said the recount and things from the past really does not bother him as told to the Gold Coast Bulletin. He knew there will always be two sides and there are people saying he won and some people saying he didn’t. The WBO champ just said he will ignore all that denunciation, train hard as he can and get ready for his next opponent Gary Corcoran who says he’s coming to Australia to wrest his belt. The optional defense of his belt is scheduled on December 13 in Brisbane.

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The Australian world titlist promised to win the fight with Corcoran convincingly. Corcoran is the No. 10 WBO welterweight contender, but he’s fighting for the top, so the British challenger knows there are still some guys above him. He is not belittling Horn as he saw how the Aussie fought to grab the title. "He knows he’s getting his shot early but he’s coming to fight and he’s not going to be underestimating what I’ve got especially after watching the Manny Pacquiao fight,” said Horn. WBC and WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman viewed Horn as a non-influential in their division.

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Horn believes he is still being underestimated and feels that his reputation in the division has to be respected by the other champions at the welterweight. “I do think some people are still underestimating me. The guys over there are thinking I’m nowhere near the unification possibility but I’ve got one of their belts and I’m ranked No. 1 on Boxrec, so they’ve got to come and beat me as well," Horn said.

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Former world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (33-2, 29 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Luis Arias (18-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday in Uniondale, New York. Jacobs delivered a knockdown in round eleven when Arias' glove touched the floor, as he dominated the fight convicingly with scores of 118-109, 120-107, 119-108. Jacobs was elated to be back in the ring, since losing to middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in March.

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Jacobs was disheartened by Arias' holding tactics and unusual fighting style. Wanting to knock him out in the final rounds, Jacobs battered Arias in the 10th to 12th, and dropped him in the 11th which looked more like a slip. "I wanted to impress the fans and put on a good show," Jacobs said. "I hurt him early and once I knew I could hurt him, got a little more aggressive." He was frustrated at how Arias fought him and refused to hug Arias when he approached him after the 12th.

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Jacobs, a former world champion, is hoping for another shot in 2018, though Gennady Golovkin will tied up with a rematch with Canelo Alvarez. Jacobs, who survived bone cancer is nicknamed "Miracle Man" and held the WBA title for two years. He is still a favorite in the middleweight division even after his close defeat to GGG. Next in line for Jacobs is the winner of between David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title.

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Boxing is an extremely popular sport in Cuba. As of 1992, there were over 16,000 boxers on the tiny island. There are 494 boxing coaches and 185 facilities in the country. Of the 99,000 athletes in Cuba at present, 19,000 are boxers, including 81 of Olympic proficiency, even if only 12 boxers comprise the Olympic team. Cuba is the only country that can boast of two three-time Olympic gold medalists, Teofilo Stevenson (1972, 1976, 1980) and Felix Savon (1992, 1996, 2000), both in the heavyweight class.

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At the 2001 world amateur boxing championships, Cuba won more gold medals than the rest of the world combined. In 1961, along with other sports, the Revolutionary government banned professional boxing. However, Cuba is a superpower in amateur boxing. From 1968 Olympics in Mexico City to Sydney 2000, Cubans have participated in seven Olympic tournaments, winning 27 gold medals, 13 silver medals, and 7 bronze medals for a total of 47, overpowering any country.

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Cuban women are ready to make history in boxing on the island. According to the Associated Press, more than half a dozen of the nation’s female boxers have intensified their training to compete for the first time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The government, however, is not enthusiastic on the proposal for the nation’s first female boxing team as they conduct medical studies to determine the impact of blows to a woman’s body. Cuban women have already competed in wrestling, judo and weightlifting.


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