Australian Jeff Horn faces England’s Gary Corcoran in defense of World Boxing Organization welterweight title
The 12-round bout is expected to take place at the Brisbane Convention Centre on December 13. The announcement has been made by Jeff Horn and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday afternoon in Brisbane.
“I’m happy to have my first defence of it [the title] here in Brisbane again,” said Horn. “It’s going to be a very entertaining fight, Gary comes to fight, he’s a walk-forward fighter. “I think for that reason it’s going to be a big clash, an all-action clash that everyone is going to enjoy.”
Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs) is ranked No.10 in WBO welterweight class. The 26-year-old is coming of two victories. He however has never fought outside of the United Kingdom.
Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) claimed the title against Filipino great Manny Pacquiao in July. With a rematch clause in the contract “Pacman”, the number one contender, was expected to rematch Horn in November. In September he announced that due to his duties as a Senator of Philippines he was forced to pull out.
Nevertheless the second Horn vs Pacquiao fight may still happen next year. Promoter Dean Lonergan said that he second event at the Brisbane Convention Centre is in works for next year before June 30.
“We are also working on a second event here at some stage next year before June 30,” said Lonergan. “We’d love to have Manny Pacquiao down here [again], he’s certainly one of the guys on the table.
In addition Lonergan said that “would put the challenge out to Conor McGregor”. “Tell me how much you want and we’ll see if we can make it work.”