Former Australian world champion boxer Les Sherrington has backed Jeff Horn to taste glory in Vegas today, even with the odds stacked against him.
Horn, a former school teacher from Brisbane who only took up boxing to stand up to bullies, shocked the boxing world last year when he defeated Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title.
At about 12.30 AEST today, he will defend that belt against American star Terence 'Bud' Crawford at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
There has been plenty of mind games in the lead up to today's fight, with allegations of 'dodgy' scales that almost caused Horn to not make weight-in and the startling admission from the promoter of both fighters that they wanted Crawford to win over Horn.
Gold Coast boxer Sherrington has held a raft of world titles in his 47 bout (37 wins, 21 by KO) professional career, including the World Boxing Foundation World Super Middleweight title, but also tasted defeat in his one shot at the Vegas dream against Antoine Douglas in 2015.
"My experience in Vegas never went the way it should have. I hadn’t fought for 12 months, had just recently changed trainers and got a dream opportunity that I wasn’t going to pass up," Sherrington said.
"I would do it again in a heart beat and I promise you a different ending."
After experiencing what fighting was like Sherrington has backed Horn to rise above the mind games being played to defend his title against Crawford.
"Horn can and will win this fight," Sherrington said.
"I am hoping he dictates the pace and starts to break Crawford down and stops him in round 9 or 10.
"Crawford is a very skillful powerful boxer and this will be a super tough ask of Jeff, but I back him."
Sherrington himself is hoping to return to the ring this year, with the goal to finish his career with 50 professional fights.
"Fingers crossed I am back in the ring by the end of July," he said.