Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

LIVE BLOG Jeff Horn vs Gary Corcoran

LIVE BLOG Jeff Horn vs Gary Corcoran

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Jeff Horn successfully retained his WBO welterweight championship after sealing a technical knockout in the 11th round over Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

The three judges all had Horn well ahead on their scorecards at the time of the stoppage, but Horn - who missed two weeks of sparring in the lead-up after needing more stitches to his face - battled to out-box Corcoran after winning the first round and the anxiety could be heard among the crowd of about 6000.

Speaking post fight, Top Rank's Bob Arum said Horn's stunning rise up the boxing ranks in 2017 has caught the eye of 30-year-old Crawford, and a date for the pair's fight is likely to be confirmed imminently.

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"The timing was off - I couldn't find that range that well - but as soon as I started working off that jab and going first, I managed to break him down quite easily", Horn said after being congratulated by his heavily pregnant wife Jo.

"Instead of chasing Manny Pacquiao, which I've been doing for a long, long time, I know someone with a little bit more balls like Jeff Horn will take the fight, probably". When he steps into the ring with me, it's going to be a very different story.

"Anybody that says that because of Terence's skillset Jeff doesn't have a chance is insane", Arum said.

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"Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done, but I'm a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran", Crawford said. Then he became a junior welterweight and wiped out that division. The man who claimed the belt against renowned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in July, went up against the challenger out of England Gary Corcoran. "I was like, who is this guy?"

"It's definitely exciting. From the start [fighting in the United States] is where I pictured myself", Horn said.

"It's every fighter's dream". "There is a lot to prove to a lot of Americans". "Maybe it's a future fight that can happen - I don't mind coming to Australia taking that fight".

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