Brisbane boxer Jeff Horn will sweat it out in a public training session in Brisbane’s CBD this week.
Horn has captured the public’s imagination ahead of his unlikely duel with global superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is an icon of the sport — an 11-time world champion, who’s generated over $1 billion in revenue from his pay-per-view fights and also moonlights as an actor, musician, pro basketball player and Senator in his home country of the Philippines.
Horn, on the other hand, is an up-and-comer from Acacia Ridge who was working as a school teacher before he started boxing full-time, quickly winning the IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight Title and the WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Title.
Horn and Pacquiao will face off in the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ for the WBO World Welterweight Title at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday 2 July, but before then, Horn will take part in a public training session in Reddacliff Place, in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD.
He’ll duck, weave and jab with coach Glenn Rushton, who has been training Horn for the last 11 years.
He’ll then take part in a Q&A session, followed by more intense training with local and international talents who will be competing on the Battle of Brisbane’s undercard, including Russia’s Umar Salamov and Queensland’s own ‘Shotgun’ Shannan O’Connell.
There’ll even be a pair of giant 50 kilogram boxing gloves at the training session for fans to sign with messages of support for Horn.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the training session is an opportunity for Brisbanites to show they’re in Horn’s corner.
“It’s a coup for Jeff Horn to go head to head against the reigning world title holder Manny Pacquiao and I encourage all boxing fans to come to the training session and throw your support behind our local champion,” Cr Quirk says.
“The Battle of Brisbane is expected to deliver an economic impact of more than $23 million for Brisbane and will put a global spotlight on our new world city.
“The scale and calibre of the match and public demand are a testament to Brisbane’s growing reputation as a destination for live events.”
The fight is expected to be televised to 150 million viewers worldwide, and will be fought in front of a packed crowd at Suncorp Stadium.
“I grew up in Brisbane so it’s a huge honour to be able to compete on our home soil in front of a full stadium,” he says.
“I’ve been training harder than ever and meeting the fans this Thursday will put a fire in my belly before I take on the world title on Sunday.”
Jeff Horn will take part in a public training session in Reddacliff Place (266 George Street, Brisbane City) this Thursday 29 June from 12 noon to 2pm.
Horn will take on Manny Pacquiao for the WBO world welterweight title at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday 2 July. Tickets are available via Ticketek.
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