WBO officially declares Jeff Horn as winner vs Manny Pacquiao after review

Jul 12, 2017, 09:29 IST | PA Sport

Australian boxer Jeff Horn
Australian boxer Jeff Horn

Australian Jeff Horn's shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed yesterday after a scoring review by the World Boxing Organization declared him the clear winner.

The WBO took a close look at the fight after Pacquiao, backed by the Philippine government's sports regulatory body, criticised the referee and the judges and demanded a review after losing in Brisbane on July 2.

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Horn stunned the Filipino legend - who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions - with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a 12-round decision. The WBO - which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven - set up a panel of independent and anonymous judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.

The results were tabulated to show the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.

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