Less than two weeks before he defends his title against British slugger Gary Corcoran at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Horn outpointed a stellar field at the BCEC last night to take the top gong at the 23rd Annual Queensland Sport Awards. The mild-mannered Fighting Schoolteacher faced a tough battle from 10 other award contenders, including Queensland and Australian rugby league captain Cameron Smith, and world title holders, hurdler Sally Pearson, swimmer Emily Seebohm and sailor Mat Belcher. Jeff Horn and his wife Jo at the 2017 Courier Mail, Channel 7 Sports Awards.Source:News Corp Australia An audience of 670 was on hand to cheer the champ, who, in one of the most astonishing victories in Australian sport, overcame all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight title before more than 51,000 people at Suncorp Stadium on July 2. BELOW: SEE THE QLD SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Pacquiao had held 11 world championships across eight weight divisions in a title reign that lasted nearly 20 years. However, while he had Horn badly hurt in the ninth round, the challenger from Acacia Ridge roared back to a victory that shocked the boxing world. The fight was billed as “The Battle of Brisbane’’ and promoter Dean Lonergan last night won the award for Queensland Sport Event of the Year. Emily Seebohm has been the star of the pool this year.Source:AAP Also on Thursday night, Hawthorn great Jason Dunstall was elevated to Legend status, while Olympians, rower Duncan Free, swimmer Jessicah Schipper and triathlete Miles Stewart, along with world water ski champion Emma Sheers, were inducted into the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame. Horn was accompanied to the awards presentation by his wife Jo, who is expecting the couple’s first child in January, and his trainer and manager Glenn Rushton, who is supervising preparations for Horn’s first defence of the title against Corcoran on December 13. The victory caps an amazing run for Horn, who released his autobiography The Hornet and who has also won the Don Award this year as Australia’s most inspirational athlete and the GQ award as Sportsman of the Year. Rugby league Golden Boot winner Cameron