RESULTS: Top Rank on ESPN: Jeff Horn scores 11th round stoppage over Gary Corcoran
Published: December 13, 2017
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – It may have started too early in the morning for many boxing fans in the United States, but those who regularly watch ESPN and its various programs in the morning before work were treated to some out of the norm programming as Top Rank provided pugilistic action. At the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia local native and hero Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) faced off against London’s Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs).
Horn, who was coming off the most significant victory of his career against Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) where he won the WBO welterweight championship was able to secure an 11th round stoppage over the British fighter at the 1:35 mark. Despite rumors that Horn had trouble making weight, he was able to turn up the volume in the later rounds and force the referee Benji Esteves to pull a halt to the bout. The fight itself was filled with back and forth action with both men having cuts over their eyes. Many may remember that Horn was cut against Pacquiao back in July and showed perseverance not to let the cut stop him from competing and the same occurred against Corcoran. Throughout the bout, Horn showcased his unorthodox in and out movement and unveiled an effective uppercut.
There is a large group of boxing fans that view Horn as somewhat of a fraud or mirage as the Australian’s fight with Pacquiao was filled with controversy over the scoring. Whether you believe Horn won the fight against the legendary Filipino or not, his unorthodox style and movement could trouble many top welterweights.
The next move for the Australian could be a matchup with pound-for-pound star and former undisputed 140-pound champion, Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs). A fight between Crawford and Horn could take place this upcoming April and would be the first fight for the Nebraska native at welterweight. Crawford will be heavily favored going into a fight with Horn, but as fans have seen of the Australian thus far he will always give a full effort win or lose.
(Feature Photo: Glenn Hunt)