The previous schoolteacher who surprised Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO world welterweight title has dismissed options he didn’t should win.
Jeff Horn beat Pacquiao, an eight-time world champion, following a unanimous factors determination in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao’s coaches and celebrities together with Lennox Lewis and Kobe Bryant had been vital of the judges’ name on the outcome.
However the comparatively unknown Australian, 29, mentioned he was worthy of the win.
“There’ll all the time be a backlash the place folks say I obtained fortunate, or no matter,” he advised reporters on Monday.
“There’ll all the time be the naysayers saying I didn’t win the battle, however I felt like I gained the battle. A number of Queenslanders suppose I gained the battle and folks around the globe.”
Pacquiao’s Australian coach, former heavyweight boxer Justin Fortune, had described the referee as “sketchy” and the judges as “loopy” following the bout.
Nonetheless Pacquiao, 38, congratulated his opponent and mentioned he revered the choice.
The Australian responded by paying tribute to his rival, describing him as “an absolute warrior, a legend of the game”.
Horn, who taught at a Brisbane faculty till solely not too long ago, mentioned he believed his former college students can be proud.
“I’ve quite a bit to do with the varsity nonetheless,” he mentioned. “I do not go there and train however I nonetheless go to the colleges and I do know the children might be happy with what I’ve completed.”
Nicknamed “The Hornet”, he additionally drew reward from admirers together with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“What an important Australian story – congratulations,” Mr Turnbull mentioned.
“Brisbane faculty instructor to world champion. In opposition to the entire pundits.”
His grandfather, Ray Horn, mentioned he was additionally very proud.
“If anybody had ever advised me I might have a grandchild I might have discovered it exhausting to imagine,” he advised the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
“However I might suppose they had been nuts in the event that they advised me I might be a grandfather of a world champion someday.”
Greater than 51,000 spectators watched the bout at Brisbane’s Lang Park stadium.
Horn arrange his victory with an aggressive begin earlier than each fighters drained within the closing rounds.
Reports claim the underdog gained a assured A$500,000 (£295,000; $384,000) from his battle towards Pacquiao, and he might now be set for even larger paydays.
Horn has already challenged US boxer Floyd Mayweather to a battle and mentioned he would think about a re-match towards Pacquiao.