Boxer Jeff Horn Takes Another Step to Welterweight World Title

Australian boxer Jeff Horn continues to continues to carve a swathe of destruction through the world welterweight ranks. Last night he pounded Brazilian Fernando da Silva in Auckland for the entire twelve rounds to claim another win and take another step towards the world title.

The 26 year-old Horn, a Brisbane school teacher, had the edge over his rival in speed, accuracy and power. The Brazilian showed great composure managing to evade the worst of Horn’s power punches. The resilient da Silva hit the canvas only once, in the last round, but showed incredible bravery to stand back up and defend himself until the final bell.

Horn vs da Silva. Photo: www.aus-boxing.com

Horn vs da Silva. Photo: www.aus-boxing.com

This fight wasn’t expected to be as one-sided as it turned out to be. The South American is no slouch, having remained unbeaten in the last four years and having fought some of the most respected names in the welterweight division.

But da Silva fought only as well as he was allowed to. Horn’s stinging punches found a home and sapped the strength from his adversary. Horn managed to launch his attacks before da Silva. As the strikes began to add up da Silva’s boxing took on a more defensive stance. And as he became more defensive his counter-attack suffered.

Horn, a London Olympian, won the bought 120 – 107. All three judges agreeing he won every round. Considering the calibre of his opponent, the world welterweight division has now been put on notice.

Horn wants to fight Anthony Mundine in November. The question is: After last night’s demolition of da Silva does Mundine want to fight him?

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