FROM BUNDY TO BIG LIGHTS: Rushton ready to lead Horn to win
BOXING: He orchestrated one of the biggest Australian moments of the year and now Bundaberg's Glenn Rushton is preparing to create more history tonight with Jeff Horn.
The trainer will be ringside in the second Battle of Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre hoping to guide Horn to a defence of his WBO welterweight title against Greg Corcoran.
But his journey to get to tonight is just as incredible as the rise of Horn, who defeated Manny Pacquiao in June this year.
Born in the Rum City in 1957 and part of a family of 14 brothers and five sisters, Rushton moved to Townsville at the age of 9 before moving to Victoria to work at 14.
Working multiple jobs, he eventually moved into property and investments to help set up his own business - Rushton Financial Services - that now manages $70 million for investors.
He owns a $10 million mansion in South Brisbane with his wife and three children.
"I have come from nothing," he told the Courier-Mail.
"I have been both poor and rich. But as I used to tell my mum, I was a rich man brought up in a poor man's body."
It's this attitude that has helped Rushton get Horn to the top.
They met each other in 2006 when Rushton became trainer to a kid he saw as geeky, nerdy and young but ready to make a career.
"I said 'In three to four years after (going to Olympics) I believe I can make you a world champion, and if you stick to my plan, by your late 30s you'll retire a very wealthy man.'"
Horn is now unbeaten in 18 bouts.
To make it 19 unbeaten for Horn, the Bundy trainer insists the boxer will need to bring his competitive edge to the ring.
Horn will start a short-price favourite for the fight but Corcoran has him beaten, only just, in height.
Rushton said that wasn't a concern for the camp.
"Jeff is as big and strong as any welterweight in the division," he said.
"There's an internal strength to Jeff Horn people don't see.
"You'll see that tonight. Jeff's strength of will and spirit is just so strong it is overwhelming."
Rushton also rubbished suggestions Horn was a dirty fighter after Corcoran's trainer accused him of headbutting in fights.
"Jeff is one of the fairest fighters in the world," he said.
"We're going to give them a fair go. We don't need any favours.
"Jeff Horn is ready to deliver a caning."
The fight will be shown on Main Event at the scheduled time of 9pm.