A fight of major importance for British boxing fans, but one that seems to have flown under the radar somewhat. Jeff Horn v Gary Corcoran for the WBO world welterweight title, the same gong Horn claimed with a surprise points win over Manny Pacquiao back in the summer.Jeff Horn will put his WBO welterweight world title on the line for the first time when he faces dangerous Englishman Gary Corcoran i Brisbane on Wednesday night.
The new WBO Welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, 17-0-1 (11), makes his first title defense Wednesday at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, in Brisbane, Australia. He will feel at home living in Brisbane as he defends his title against his No. 10 contender the British and WBO Inter-Continental champion Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran, 17-1 (7), of London, UK.
Liam Williams inflicted the only defeat to date on Corcoran, dishing out an 11th round TKO last summer for the British title. The beaten man was sent to the canvas near the end of a gruelling contest, fought out at an electric pace, suffering a nasty cut below is eye before being waived off. A proud warrior, he would’ve liked to hear the final bell, but more than made up for it when outpointing former Prizefighter champion Larry Ekundayo last time, courtesy of a split decision. The size of the task in front of Corcoran is evident in the betting, the Brit written off as a 6.40 no hoper on the Betfair Exchange.
The Horn camp may be looking past Corcoran having their eyes on Terence Crawford who holds all the four super lightweight title and recently announced he is moving up to welterweight. He is also targeting IBF Champion Errol Spence and WBA & WBC Champion Keith Thurman according to trainer Glenn Rushton. “Jeff has trained for a 12 round bout but I want him to score the knockout. I want this to be a big statement to the rest of the welterweight division,” said Rushton. Horn’s only non-win was against Rivan Cesaire in 2013 but stopped Cesaire in 2014. Horn has never fought out of Australia.