Jeff Horn publicly confirms intentions to fight Gary Corcoran

Published On Sunday, October 15, 2017By British Boxing News

In an official press conference in Brisbane earlier, WBO world welterweight champion, Jeff Horn, publicly declared his intentions to defend his title against Londoner Gary Corcoran on December 13.


Horn stunned eight-weight world champ Manny Pacquiao to win the title in a unanimous 12-round points decision in July, with the Filipino great pulling out of a planned rematch later this year to concentrate on his political duties.


Pac-man's withdrawal opened the door to Corcoran, a two-weight WBO Inter-Continental champion, with the bout set for December 13 in Brisbane as part of a two-fight deal inked with the Queensland state government.


The Hornet said at the presser, "I'm going to have my first defense here in Brisbane again. It's going to be a very entertaining fight. Gary comes to fight, he's a walk forward fighter; for that reason I think it's going to be a big clash, an all-action fight.


“Corcoran is 26, so he’s three years younger than me - he’s very fit, strong and hungry,” Horn told the Brisbane Courier. “He’s a dangerous guy. I know what it’s like to be a determined underdog just like he is going into this fight."


The pair share a very similar record - Horn with 17 victories and one draw, Corcoran with the same number of wins and one loss.


The challenger from Wembley said, "I think I'd be a very good opponent for him because it'll be an all-action fight. I really do think I can beat him. In this country, I spar with the best fighters and I stay with them."


If Horn wins, he then hopes to fight mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, who made his boxing debut in a money-spinning defeat to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in August.