Australian boxer Jeff Horn's inspirational story is set to be brought to the big screen.
Sydney-based film production company Unbreakable Films has announced plans for a movie based on Horn's life. The feature length film, which will be titled "The Hornet," is set to chronicle Horn's life from bullied schoolboy to world champion as well as exploring his relationship with long-time trainer and mentor Glenn Rushton.
Horn, 30, rose to prominence after sensationally defeating future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium last year. The controversial yet unanimous points decision handed Horn the WBO welterweight championship belt.
The Queenslander defended his title against Britain's Gary Corcoran in December last year before losing it to American Terence Crawford in a one-sided affair in Las Vegas in June this year.
More recently, Horn returned to Brisbane and produced a stunning 96-second knockout of 43-year-old Aussie boxing veteran Anthony Mundine, a fight which he hoped would prove to the world that he isn't a one-fight-wonder.
Unbreakable Films managing director Kristie Spillane said she was excited to share Horn's "epic story" with the world.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to be entrusted with telling this incredible and extremely important story," Spillane said. "This is so much bigger than the sport [of boxing] and it's about Glenn as much as it is Jeff.
"There's something about the two of them together that's created a force of nature that has defied logic. For Glenn to have taken this timid, suicidal kid and turned him into a world champion is unbelievable. You won't find a better testament to the power of belief and perseverance.
"We want every person who's been made to feel like they're not good enough to know this epic story of hope that will resonate with people from all over the world."
The film is set to be shot in Horn's native Queensland and production is set to get underway in mid-2019 ahead of an expected global release in 2020.