Jeff Horn to earn 100x more prize money than last year
JEFF Horn earned $45,000 from boxing purses in the last financial year but will make more than 100 times that in this current one after his TKO win over English challenger Gary Corcoran at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night.
The World Boxing Organisation welterweight champ is now toying with the idea of a $2 million offer to face Anthony Mundine as a warm-up bout before earning a multi-million pay day against Terence Crawford in Las Vegas in April.
Horn has already had long discussions with family members about collecting what they say is an "easy $2 million'' against the 42-year-old former world champ and NRL star.
Horn's American promoter Bob Arum - whose first fight promotion was a Muhammad Ali world title bout 51 years ago - also wants Horn to fight at least two or three big bouts in the US next year.
With a multi-million-dollar future assured, the humble "Fighting Schoolteacher'' who paid $340,000 for his modest home at Acacia Ridge four years ago, is now checking out properties in the seven-figure range for his wife Jo and new daughter who is due to arrive on January 1.
Horn needs a bigger garage to park the bright yellow $235,000 Lexus LC500 on loan from a Brisbane car dealership and which is parked on his front lawn next to a Lexus four-wheel drive which Jo drives.
Wednesday night's fight lived up to the hype with Corcoran, an English gypsy, providing a desperate battle for the world title at welterweight.
A Mundine fight would be a non-title bout at the heavier (70kg) junior-middleweight limit. Horn's next defence of his title is set against Crawford in Las Vegas in April.
Horn says he has only a small window of opportunity to take the Crawford fight as his sister Bianca, a Brisbane lawyer, is getting married that month and "she will kill me if I have to miss the wedding for a fight. I mean it - she will kill me.''
Horn has been guaranteed just on $1 million to fight Crawford - the same as he earned last night - but his Australian promoter Dean Lonergan said the offer from promoter Arum was "too light'' and they would be campaigning for a much bigger purse.
Arum guided Crawford to unifying all four major world junior-welterweight (63kg) titles before orchestrating a move to the welterweight (66.68kg) ranks where the World Boxing Organisation immediately installed him as the mandatory contender for Horn's title.
Crawford is unbeaten in 32 pro fights, though he is yet to face anyone with Horn's physical strength. The fight is set for the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena, the largest indoor stadium in Las Vegas.
Arum has long had a plan to match the winner of Horn and Crawford with Manny Pacquiao, though Pacquiao has repeatedly voiced concerns about fighting in Brisbane again after Horn beat him in a gruelling slugfest for the WBO welterweight title before 51,000 people at Suncorp Stadium in July.
Arum has always wanted Horn to face Crawford as the second fight in the two-title defences deal Horn had to sign to earn a shot at Pacquiao.
"Jeff Horn can be a major mainstream star in the United States,'' Arum said.
"Boxing has been crying out for a kid like this for so long. He's a great, great fighter, a good looking clean cut schoolteacher married to his high school sweetheart.
"A lot of people in boxing don't necessarily speak well or politely but butter wouldn't melt in this kids mouth. He's a great role model for young fighters.''