Lights of Vegas for Hornet Jr

Jo Horn and Jeff Horn with baby Isabelle.
Jo Horn and Jeff Horn with baby Isabelle.

SHE'S only 10 weeks old but little Isabelle Horn is ready to join the millionaire jet setters for what could be the biggest sporting moment featuring an Australian this year.

The tiny tot will fly with her parents Jeff and Jo to Las Vegas 10 days before her dad - a part-time schoolteacher three years ago - picks up $2.5 million to fight unbeaten American Terence Crawford at the Mandalay Bay Casino on April 14.

World welterweight champ Horn said his family's future was all the motivation he needed as he thought another three or four big fight victories would set him up for a secure retirement.

"I definitely need Jo and Isabelle in my corner to beat Crawford,'' Horn said.

"Jo has been beside me since even before my very first boxing match and I want as many of my family with me as I can.

"This is a big fight but with big fights come big rewards. Crawford is definitely a great mountain to climb but just like I did against Manny Pacquiao, I plan to be on top against him. It will be tough on his turf but I expect I can do it and I'm training very hard.''

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said after weeks of negotiations with the Americans over the appointment of neutral judges for the fight, he had to drag the world champ out of his weekly poker game at his Acacia Ridge home on Friday night to sign the contract.

Rushton said: "We may be able to avoid the trade wars with the US but we will certainly be trading blows with America's best and Jeff will be triumphant.

"If Jeff can stand on the shoulders of each and every Queenslander he can reach the dizzying heights that are in front of us.''

The world title bout was officially announced yesterday by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who urged Queenslanders to fly from BrisVegas to Las Vegas to support Horn even though she will have to stay in Queensland for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,

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