GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Australian boxing legend Jeff Horn reveals never-before-seen photo of the aftermath of a freak injury that required a titanium plate to be inserted in his neck: ‘I questioned my sanity’
- Australian boxing legend Jeff Horn reveals illustrative photo of freak injury
- The world champion had a titanium plate inserted in his neck after a training accident
- A slap in the throat derailed Horn’s showdown with Randall Bailey
Former world boxing champion Jeff Horn has revealed a vivid photo of a freak injury that left him questioning his sanity as he awaited surgery to insert a titanium plate down his neck.
Horn, who fought as a 67kg welterweight, was hit in the throat with a wide left hook while sparring with 85kg amateur Simon Cooper in 2016.
Former world boxing champion Jeff Horn (pictured) has revealed a vivid photo of a freak injury that resulted in a titanium plate being inserted in his neck and his sanity being questioned
Horn (pictured against Anthony Mundine), who fought at welterweight, was hit in the throat with a wide left hook while sparring with 85kg amateur Simon Cooper in 2016
The injury derailed what was then the biggest fight of his career against knockout king Randall Bailey, forcing the Australian to undergo surgery at Brisbane Private Hospital.
Horn shared a post-surgery photo to his Instagram feed for the first time last week, explaining how serious the injury was.
He wrote: “The dangers of boxing. I broke my throat and had surgery on February 18th, 2016 to then fight the dreaded #kokingrandallbailey on April 27th, 2016. JUST 2 MONTHS AFTER THE OPERATION ���� I am questioning my sanity.”
The injury derailed what was then the biggest fight of his career against KO king Randall Bailey and required the Australian to have surgery at Brisbane Private Hospital (Horn pictured fighting Pacquiao).
Horn suffered a ruptured thyroid cartilage, which required a titanium plate to be inserted into his neck.
At the time, his trainer Glenn Rushton explained that the specialists agreed that surgery was the only option.
“Without the surgery, there might have been a nagging worry about what would happen if Jeff got hit in the same place, but after Jeff gets out of the hospital there shouldn’t be any more concerns. It’s going to be like his whole throat is armored,” Rushton said.
Two bouts later, the Queensland schoolteacher shocked the world by defeating Manny Pacquiao in front of 51,052 Queenslanders at Suncorp Stadium in an impressive unanimous points win
Horn defeated the hard-hitting American veteran by technical knockout after seven rounds at the sold-out Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center.
It was a comprehensive win for the Australian, his 14th professional career, and established Horn as a real star on the rise in combat sports.
Two bouts later, the Queensland schoolteacher shocked the world by defeating Manny Pacquiao in front of 51,052 Queenslanders at Suncorp Stadium with an impressive unanimous decision.
Horn pictured after beating Mundine in 2018
Horn now works for Bullyproof Australia, where he lectures to schools on the issues of physical and cyberbullying in children. He has no intention of stepping into the ring again.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-11636573/Aussie-boxing-legend-Jeff-Horn-reveals-photo-aftermath-freak-injury-needing-titanium-plate.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Australian boxing legend Jeff Horn reveals photo of the aftermath of a freak injury that requires a titanium plate