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Skeete: Jeff Horn Got Cold Feet, Taking Easier Option in Corcoran

By Michael Doss

Last week, BoxingScene.com reported that WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11KOs) could potentially defend his title against current British welterweight champion Bradley Skeete (27-1,12KOs) on November 25 in Australia.  It was an opportunity the London native was excited to receive.  Talks between Horn’s co-promoters Ducoand Skeete’s promoter Frank Warren have cooled down tremendously since then. 

“My team has been in talks with Jeff Horn’s team.  I agreed on all terms that were put out.  I was under the understanding that I was waiting on the contract to be signed and the fight to be made. 

“Over the weekend I think they kind of got cold feet.  I’m hearing now that they are looking elsewhere.  I’m ranked number 3 with the WBO so it won’t be long until I’m mandatory. If he don’t fight me now and he’s still got the belt, I’ll be fighting him sometime soon anyway.  He can run but he can’t hide.”

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The fight seems unlikely as further reports claim Horn could now be facing WBO #11 contender Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7KOs) on that same November date. 

“You know what I can’t even talk bad about him because he’s a pal of mine and he’s a part of my promotional set up.  If he gets the opportunity then fair play to him.  I just think Jeff Horn’s people are taking the easier option to be honest.  I’m rank number 3.  I’ve done it the hard way.  I’ve worked my way up the rankings.  Fair enough I have not been in there with world ranked and known names.  I could have moved on and nixed that world level a while ago but I was stubborn and wanted to win my British title outright and make them three defenses.  

“Before I moved on to the world level I wanted to dominate the British level and prove that I’m the best Britain.  Domestically no one could touch me in Britain.  It’s proven, I’m the outright champion.  You just got to look at the current European champion.  I went up to his hometown in Birmingham and dealt with him comfortably.  I’m passed European level I believe.  The next level for me is world level. 

“I was ready to go over to Australia and bring that fight home.  I was more than ready to go over there and deal with Jeff Horn.  I one hundred percent believe I’ll be bringing that title home.  

Michael Doss is the host of ATG Radio, which airs every Monday and Wednesday.   Please email any questions and comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shams627 on 09-15-2017

[QUOTE=asgarth;18046579]It makes business sense to not risk the pacquiao rematch and fight a lower level opponent, but Corcoran is really too low. Ive seen the fight against Liam Williams and he was at no time competitive with him. And no…

Comment by Fabes88 on 09-15-2017

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18046545]Dude the bloke just fought Manny and you're accusing him of ducking some bum from England? C'mon dude.[/QUOTE] Yes I am. fighting manny is a financial opportunity you wouldn't turn down. He doesn't want to jeprodise the rematch. Come on…

Comment by giacomino on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18046550]Where are you getting your rankings, he is fighting a guy that's rated No.11 by the WBO at 147, what 'boxrec' says means jack s***. It's an optional defence and he can fight anyone in the top 15.[/QUOTE] Boxrec is…

Comment by bmag on 09-14-2017

Who wants to fight Horn with his hybrid WWE/boxing hybrid style? Nobody. No upside,...Especially in Australia

Comment by Corelone on 09-14-2017

They're not doing Horn any favors. They're just fattening him up for a payday. What happens if Pac retires? A bunch of home town defenses vs nobody for deminishing returns? Nothing says no confidence like no risk.

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