Jeff Horn wins The Don award

WORLD welterweight boxing champion Jeff Horn won the highest honour in Australian sport — The Don award — to complete an astonishing journey that began with a bruised ego and a battered old Volvo.

The mild-mannered former Brisbane schoolteacher, who pushed himself to the absolute limits of physical and mental exhaustion to outpoint all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, now joins such Australian heroes as Don Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Cadel Evans and Ian Thorpe in the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.

“This is a dream come true,’’ said Horn, 29 after being presented with the award at Crown Palladium.

Jeff Horn at The Don awards on Thursday night.Source: AAP

“The year I’ve had has been the most incredible time you could imagine. My wife, Jo, and I still shake our heads. When she met me I was a school nerd getting picked on by bullies. Now I’m a world boxing champion, about to become a dad and the winner of this incredible The Don award. Thanks everyone for supporting me.’’

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