Horn's Trainer: Crawford or Pacquiao Next - After Corcoran

The next name on Jeff Horn's hit list might not be a household name.

But Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton is adamant England's Gary Corcoran is the ideal tune-up for a blockbuster WBO welterweight world title defence early next year.

Horn could not confirm details of his next fight after receiving The Don Award, as the athlete to have most inspired Australia, on Thursday night for July's upset win over Filipino great Manny Pacquiao.


But, after Horn's return on Friday from the Melbourne award ceremony, Rushton all but gave away it would be Corcoran on December 15 in Brisbane.

Rushton said if Horn defended his title against the little-known Englishman, his charge would set his sights on Pacquiao or the man considered the world's best pound-for-pound boxer - former champion Terence Crawford - as early as March.

A question mark looms over Pacquiao's availability after the 11-time world champion had knocked back a re-match with Horn due to his duties as a Filipino senator.

However, Crawford is more than a worthy replacement.

The devastating puncher - undefeated in 32 fights - is expected to move up to Horn's division after dominating light welterweight, unifying all the belts earlier this year when he defeated Julius Indongo.

Corcoran (17-1, seven knockouts) has a more-modest record but Rushton believes he is the perfect warm-up for a March bout, even though he wouldn't mention him by name.

"We are very close to an announcement. I am confident it will be in Brisbane in mid-December," Rushton said of Horn's next fight.

"An opponent is close to being locked in, an Englishman, but I won't go any further than that.

"But it will be an epic bout. This bloke comes to fight."

The 26-year-old Corcoran has never fought outside the UK and appears to be outclassed against Horn (17-0-1, 11 knockouts).

But Rushton said it was all part of the big picture.

"Jeff's like a taxi; you've got to keep his motor running; I've got to keep him hot," Rushton said.

"After the voluntary title defence (against Corcoran), we will have a mandatory fight against hopefully Pacquiao or Crawford.

"Either way, training will get more serious for Jeff on Monday."

Still buzzing from his latest accolade, Horn was not concerned about who he lined up against next.

"I have got five years at least in me to stay on top of the game. I will just keep knocking over whoever they put in front of me," he said.

"The Don Award was very special. I wasn't expecting it - just like a lot of people weren't expecting me to win (against Pacquiao).

"I guess I am king of the underdogs now."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigStomps on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=Jennets Holey;18133723]john horn stops earl spencer and tommy crawford on the same night[/QUOTE] Lol, you must be smoking that Triple D also.... 😂😂😂

Comment by Jennets Holey on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18132336]This fvcking clown Jeff Horn really believes he beat Manny Pacquiao... What a fool! Someone should tell him he got his ass handed to him and he almost got stopped in the 8th round... Well he'll get a reality check…

Comment by revelated on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=taste;18132339]Horn's trippin idnt he?? LOL[/QUOTE] Jeff "The Hornet" Horn is a man. He's not afraid to call out the best. Unlike Manny [QUOTE=Dat;18132476]Pacquiao needs to fight Horn again and beat him convincingly if he wants to end his career on…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 10-13-2017

I wonder if Crawford would be willing to fight Horn in Australia after seeing Pac get hosed on the score cards. Will Horn be willing to defend his title in the states against an opponent who stands a 99% chance…

Comment by ezGmoney on 10-13-2017

I really believe the 1st fight of Horn vs Pac was orchestrated (fixed) by Arum! Pac was not going to take the fight with Crawford, but Arum needed a way for Crawford to become champion at 147. No better way…

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