The weigh-in for the ‘Battle of Brisbane 2’ took place earlier in the capital of Queensland featuring challenger Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran (17-1) and WBO world welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (17-0-1).
Legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer was on hand to introduce the two headlining acts, although he twice mistakenly presented the Brit to the bemused crowd as Gary Gallagher. Trainer Frank Greaves was quick to correct the error.
Both fighters made the weight limit comfortably, despite reports that Horn was struggling to get rid of the final few pounds.
In the post-weigh-in interview, the champion commented on how hard it was to make the required weight limit, “Look it’s always a difficult task, but always nice when it’s finished so I can have a drink.”
The Australian national hero won the WBO belt unexpectedly with a controversial decision over eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao last July in front of 51,000 fans at the Suncorp Stadium in the first Battle of Brisbane.
The Filipino ‘Fighter of the Decade’ was the big star last time in the first ‘Battle of Brisbane’, but, on this occasion, the newly crowned champion will be the main attraction.
“There’s always a bit of a buzz around ‘The Hornet, I guess, excuse the pun,” he joked.
“Look, it’s an exciting fight, we’ve both got two come-forward styles, he’s come here nice and early to make sure he’s prepared for the weather, it’s gonna be an exciting clash.”
Corcoran, looking in tip-top condition, got his chance to speak about making weight for his first ever world championship fight, “[Made weight] Very easy, I’ve been here for three weeks training. Fighters that come over for Jeff are only here for a week over.
“I’m here to make a good performance and show how I good am. Just here to do my job, I’m gonna’ beat him and that’s it.”