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Trainer hatches plan for Horn

QUEENSLANDER Jeff Horn is the last man standing and he is determined to fight to the bitter end.

The pressure is on the 24-year-old to deliver Australia's first Olympic boxing medal since fellow light welterweight Grahame Cheney's silver in Seoul in 1988.

Horn, Australia's lone quarter-finalist, will stand toe-to-toe with Ukrainian second seed and 2011 world champion Denys Berinchyk at 7.15am tomorrow.

If Horn can beat Berinchyk, he will be guaranteed a bronze medal, at least.

He believes he can progress all the way to the gold medal bout.

"I definitely think I can go all the way," Horn said.

"It's been 24 years (since Australia won a medal) and I'm 24, so hopefully that means something."

Although he has never gloved up against Berinchyk, Horn knows it is going to be battle when they set eyes on each other in the ring.

"He just keeps coming at you," Horn said.

"He's tough, but he's my kind of style and I don't mind that."

Boxing team coach Don Abnett said he had come up with a plan for Horn to try to combat the Ukrainian's street-fighting style.

"We have to hit and move - don't stand there and try and trade (punches) with him," Abnett said.

Topics:  london olympics


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