Jo's standing by her man for the big fight
BOXING: In boxing terms Jo Horn has always been in Jeff's corner.
The two first met in grade eight at McGregor High School in Mt Gravatt, Brisbane.
They were mates all through school and started dating at the end of their school days.
Now she will be a few rows back from ringside on Sunday when her husband takes on Manny Pacquiao for the WBO world welterweight title fight at a packed out Suncorp Stadium.
Horn has been the centre of attention for most sport-loving Australians this week as the so-called Battle of Brisbane approaches.
His wife says she has had to pinch herself every time she thinks about where they both have come from, especially as she didn't even want him to take up the game professionally.
"When he first said he was going to turn pro, I said 'that's not going to happen' but it did and now it's just a case of 'oh well'," she said.
Despite all the hype surrounding the fight, Jo said her man was handling it really well.
"He's just very much taking it in his stride," she said.
"He's doing very well."
Jo said her job was simple as fight time approached to just keep Jeff's mind on anything but Manny Pacquiao.
"We just try to chill," she said.
"I just help him get ready and we talk about normal things. We don't talk about the fight or anything like that.
"That's probably when Glenn (trainer Glenn Rushton) comes in."
Jo said she was always nervous watching her husband in the ring and Sunday's fight with Pacquiao would be no different.
"There's just a lot of nerves and you get very anxious," she said about watching Jeff go about his craft.
"Every punch you are watching so intently and just saying to yourself 'I hope he's okay, I hope he's okay.
"If he wins that's an extra bonus but I just want to see that he comes out okay."
And as for the old adage that boxers don't have sex before a fight - Jo confirmed that in her and Jeff's case it was true.
"No not at the moment," she laughed when asked about it.
"I think he's got too much to worry about."