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Filipino boxing fans heap vile abuse on victorious Horn




A battered Jeff Horn after Sunday’s fight. Picture from his Facebook page

Enraged Filipino boxing fans have taken to social media to attack Australian Jeff Horn after his controversial victory against Manny Pacquiao last weekend.

A tidal wave of abuse has been heaped on the former teacher, and even his wife has been targeted with vicious sexist comments.

Among the more printable comments left on his Facebook page are “I hope you die Horn”, “Cheater monkey white boy” and “Eat your belt asshorn!”

Over on Instagram, one Manny fan wrote: “F*** you jeff horn ur a cheater and australians are cheaters”, while another called him a “tryhard bitch”.

Some trolls went as far as to attack his wife Joanna, writing sexist comments about photographs of the high school sweethearts.

Many trolls made unpleasant comments about Horn’s wife

“Weak. Fatty wife motherf***er,” wrote one particularly unpleasant user.

“Maybe buy her a treadmill on her next birthday,” said another.

Some comments were more sinister, with users threatening to kill Horn for “cheating” and “paying off the judges”.

Thousands of abusive comments have been left on the boxer’s Facebook page

“Hope your wife dies,” one sick user commented.

Horn beat the defending world champion Pacquiao in a unanimous decision at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday to become WBO welterweight champion.

The 29-year-old former school teacher revealed his wife Joanna was pregnant in a ringside interview after the fight.

‘This is not the best moment of my life, that moment is yet to come with my beautiful wife Joanna, she’s pregnant and having our first child,’ he said.

In contrast to many of his fans, Manny Pacquiao was gracious in defeat, saying that he accepted the decision.

“He was very tough. It’s okay. Part of the game,” said the Philippine senator.

However, he has asked the World Boxing Organisation to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating.”

Manny Pacquiao said he accepted the decision

Meanwhile, it is not just partisan Filipino fans questioning the outcome of the fight.

ESPN personality Stephen A Smith described Horn’s win as “highway robbery” while his colleague Teddy Atlas said: “They gave a trophy to the local kid for trying hard, you’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning!”