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Jeff Horn retains WBO welterweight title

Jeff Horn retains WBO welterweight title

By James Bell


Jeff Horn had his first defense of the WBO welterweight title in his home area of Brisbane earlier today against Gary Corcoran and won a battle filled with a few rough tactics, a clash of heads and cuts suffered by both fighters. The fight ended in the 11th round when the trainer of Corcoran (Frank Greaves) put a stop to the action. Horn improved his record to 18-0-1 while Corcoran received the second loss of his pro career. His record goes down to 17-2.

Horn wantd to build off the momentum of his upset win over Manny Pacquiao on July 2nd to get an impressive win over Corcoran, but ran into some roadblocks along the way leading up to this fight. There were issues with his weight and there was concern that he would be over the welterweight limit at the weigh-in. Horn was able to get down to barely under the limit so that he could defend the title at the Convention & Exhibition Centre. Corcoran came in as the #10 contender for that title, but seemed to be ready for battle once it started.

Both fighters were doing good work in the first couple of rounds before the fight started to get a bit rough. Horn and Corcoran were warned by the ref to clean up their movements in the third round, and then it started to get better from that perspective. Corcoran was successful at times with his right hand but Horn was able to respond and get the upper hand starting in the seventh round. This was happening even though Horn had cuts over both eyes by the end of the seventh. Horn was able to press the action in the eighth and ninth rounds which wore down Corcoran and limited his output. Even though a response by Corcoran came in the 10th round, it wasn’t enough to shift the momentum in his favor and Horn ended up getting that stoppage win.

The WBO welterweight champion felt that this was a gritty fight that he had to go through in order to see where he was at in the boxing landscape.

“He definitely pushed me in there,” Horn said. “My timing was a bit off, but I managed to get him out of there in the end. I was just getting my timing [early in the fight]. The whole fight, I felt it was a little bit off tonight, but I managed to clip him with a few good ones and then, unfortunately, our heads did come together. We’ve both got cuts on our heads. That’s a bit of a shame, but most of it was caused by the punches, I’m pretty sure.”

He looks forward to 2018 as there is talks that a defense against former undisputed super lightweight champion Terence Crawford could be lined up for him. Crawford gave up his belts to move up to welterweight, and he is the mandatory challenger to Horn.

“Look, it’s a big possibility,” Horn said of facing Crawford, which could happen by April. “If that’s what everyone wants to see, that’s what’s gonna happen. It’s all the entertainment business, of course.”

[Photo: AP Photo / John Locher]



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