Australian boxer Jeff Horn in the gym.
Australian boxer Jeff Horn in the gym. DAN PELED

Horn 'has no real talent', says boxing judge

BOXING: Long-time boxing judge Bruce McTavish has taken a swipe at Queensland pugilist Jeff Horn ahead of his expected fight with Manny Pacquiao in April.

New Zealand-born but based in the Philippines, McTavish told The Manila Times: "To tell you the truth, Horn is a very nice kid, former schoolteacher, clean cut, a good boxer, but he has no real talent.

"I think he's too young and raw for Manny. Manny will knock (Horn) out (in) three to four rounds ... I guess it's a mismatch. It's a shame.”

Horn's promoters are continuing their talks with the Queensland Government in a bid to have the fight at Suncorp Stadium on April 23.

It could yet be staged interstate or overseas with a decision on the location expected by the end of the month.

McTavish said it was an "easy payday” for Pacquiao, though he is yet to sign off on the deal.

"That fight, if it will formally push through, is definitely good for Australia because Manny is known all over the world wherever he goes,” McTavish said.

"Horn has a good future but he's not yet ready for somebody like Pacquiao - too premature. Pacquiao is a freak of nature.”

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