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Jeff Horn Staying Focused, Not Distracted By 2018 Options

Speculation over future big-money fights has become a distraction for Jeff Horn ahead of next week’s WBO welterweight world title defence against unheralded British foe Gary Corcoran in Brisbane.

Horn admitted he was also struggling to make weight for the December 13 bout.

Barely a week before meeting Corcoran, Horn has already been linked to lucrative bouts with undefeated American Terence Crawford, ex-world champion Amir Khan and Anthony Mundine next year.

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If Horn defeats the Brit, the 29-year-old is set to take on the highly-rated Crawford in Las Vegas in April.

Khan – currently on the Gold Coast shooting UK TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here  – has also been sounded out for 2018 and is tipped to attend next week’s fight.

Horn admitted he still getting used to the constant speculation since his life changed when he upset 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao in July.

“It’s a distraction when you hear all these guys wanting to fight you but it happens all the time,” he said.

I will just get used to it, worry about Gary and whatever happens after that if I get past him.”
“There’s been a lot of awards nights and functions that I have had to attend but training always comes first and I am fit and ready for a hard 12-round fight.”

However, Horn admitted losing the last few kilos had become tough.

Horn tipped the scales at 73kg and needed to lose at least seven kilos in a week to make the cut for the December 13 bout.

“It’s coming down but it is always a difficult task,” Horn said.

“Sometimes I feel it just doesn’t want to come off like I want it to.

“I am about to hit 30 and they say it sticks on you a bit more. Hopefully I feel good on fight day after I make the weight.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Quesogrande on 12-06-2017

Understandable, still would like to see him take it. He has zero chance if he does and faces Crawford anyway. I'm still not sure what the logic behind him getting this fight is anyway, kinda expected Skeete. Even speaking to…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-05-2017

Horn is a nice guy and I'm an Aussie but I don't like seeing countrymen gifted belts.

Comment by Quesogrande on 12-05-2017

I saw Gary Corcoran get his intercontinental against Ekundayo at a frank warren show, domestic/international level at best. Would love to see him win he seemed a pretty likeable guy on the whole

Comment by Mister Wolf on 12-05-2017

Whoever has that belt by 2018 is getting their ass beat by Crawford.

Comment by Liondw on 12-05-2017

Nobody taking Gary Corcoran seriously at all. Perhaps some youtube footage on him.

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