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Arum: If Horn Beats Corcoran - Then Pacquiao or Crawford Next

Australian Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (17-0-1) is expected to take on Londoner Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran (17-1) in the maiden defence of his WBO world welterweight title.

Promoter Bob Arum, who co-promotes Horn, has suggested that the WBO world title fight will take place at the SunCorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday 15th December, televised live on ESPN.

Brisbane’s Horn, 29, won the WBO belt last July with a highly controversial decision against eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao.

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“Pac Man” was expected to agree to a November rematch but pulled out due to his Senatorial duties in the Philippines taking priority.

Top Rank founder, Arum, is already looking ahead to that potentially lucrative return, “If Horn beats this kid, we could do the Pacquiao rematch in the first part of 2018 or go right to a fight with [Terence] Crawford. Pacquiao might not fight again. Who knows?”

Corcoran, 26, has been described as a fringe contender, whose biggest fight came in July 2016, when he suffered his only career defeat in a British super-welterweight title showdown with bitter rival Liam Williams.

Managed by Frank Warren and trained by Frank Greaves at the Peacock Gym in London, he dropped down a division after that sole loss and recently edged past unbeaten Prizefighter winner Larry Ekundayo by split decision on July 8 to claim the vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight strap.

Winning that belt placed him at no.10 in the WBO world rankings, seven spots below stable-mate Bradley Skeete, also signed with Warren, who many anticipated winning the shot at the world title.

Horn’s selection for his first defence has been criticised by some, but his pick of a top-10 ranked opponent with the same number of wins should make for a good contest, even though “The Hornet” has one eye on a bigger fight in 2018 with either Crawford or Pacquiao.

Corcoran beat off WBO #3 Bradley Skeete, #8 Luciano Veron and #10 Ray Robinson to land the world title shot down under.

Arum favoured Corcoran’s style over other possible contenders. “Corcoran at least will bring the fight to Horn,” he said.

“We are clearing a location in Brisbane and then we can go ahead with the fight, which will now take place in December instead of November, which is what we were originally planning,” Arum said the fight probably will take place on Friday 15th December in Brisbane.

“We are waiting for the guys in Australia to finalise the plans for the stadium in the next day or two. They’re finishing that up and then we’ll send out the contracts, but everything is done with (Corcoran promoter) Frank (Warren) for the fight,” said Arum, adding that the Queensland government is heavily involved in bankrolling the fight, as it was when Horn faced Pacquiao in one of the biggest bouts in Australian history.

Horn won a debatable decision against Pacquiao on July 2 before a crowd of 51,000 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane in the first main event of Top Rank’s deal with ESPN.

Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, nearly knocked out the 29-year-old home fighter in the ninth-round but couldn’t put him away.

Most spectators thought Pacquiao, who had been bloodied by multiple cuts from accidental head-butts, was the clear winner, but he ended up losing his 147-pound world title by a unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

Pacquiao had the right to an immediate rematch and said he planned to fight Horn again in November, but changed his mind because of a busy schedule with his day job in the Philippine Senate.

He may return for the rematch in 2018 providing that “The Hornet” gets past the “Hellraiser” first.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scary_canary on 10-11-2017

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18126894]Oh cool! A fellow Aussie on the forum excellent. Yeah I know it's not like he's Mundine level of popularity here, but most pubs around the nation will screen the fight for sure, that should guarantee a half decent purse.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by impartial on 10-10-2017

The Aussie press will promote Corcoran as world #11 (his WBO contender rank) and make no mention of the fact he's unranked by the other 3 organisations and is ranked #76 on boxrec, a more accurate rank. This is common…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=Scary_canary;18125353]Dude I'm Aus aswell.... no one really knows who Jeff horn is except boxing fans.... if promoted right it might sell 10-20k at Suncorp... but know one will pay to watch this on ppv which it will be in aus[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Sosay on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic;18123918]He just had a very difficult fight vs Pac. Did you see his face? Let him get his gimme fight. Nothing wrong with that. I don't see all these guys fighting each other either.[/QUOTE] His gimme fight was the Robbery…

Comment by niceyboo3 on 10-10-2017

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;18124466]This is the best possible opponent for Jeff Horn he can't overlook this guy............. lol haha.... I'm not sold on Jeff Horn as a elite fighter at 147 so I wouldn't be surprised if [B][I][B][I]Gary pulled off the upset[/I][/B][/I][/B]. It's…

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