Jeff Horn defeats Gary Corcoran
Jeff Horn (r) of Australia defends WBO welterweight title against Gary Corcoran (l) of England / Pic: AAP / Thenewdaily

Jeff Horn up against Terence Crawford expected in Las Vegas next year

Australian world champion Jeff Horn made his first successful World Boxing Organization welterweight title defense. The man who claimed the belt against renowned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in July, went up against the challenger out of England Gary Corcoran. The pair headlined Battle of Brisbane 2, held at Convention & Exhibition Centre on Wednesday December 13.

The scheduled for 12 rounds bout ended prior the final bell, although going almost the whole distance. It was all over in the pre-last round, with Horn proclaimed as the winner by technical knockout at 1 minute and 35 seconds of the eleventh round, when the corner of his opponent threw in the towel. As a result he has made his first successful title defense, and is expected to take on renowned American, former two-division world champion, Terence Crawford in his next fight in 2018 in the US.

Also on the night Australian Nathaniel May took IBF international featherweight title, stopping Brazilian Aelio Mesquita in the fifth round. As well, the representative of the country-host Rohan Murdock scored a unanimous decision against Russian middleweight Apti Ustarkhanov, taking WBO Oriental Sup’ belt.

In addition, super featherweight Paul Fleming stopped Vergil Puton in the seventh round. Welterweight Lenny Zappavigna beat Nestor Faccio Cordozo by TKO in the third round. The complete Battle of Brisbane 2 results can be found below.

Battle of Brisbane 2 results

Welterweight Jeff Horn def. Gary Corcoran via eleventh-round TKO
Featherweight Nathaniel May def. Aelio Mesquita via fifth-round TKO
Middleweight Rohan Murdock def. Apti Ustarkhanov via unanimous decision
Super featherweight Paul Fleming def. Vergil Puton via seventh round TKO
Bantamweight Shannon O’Connell def. Kleopatra Tolnai via first-round TKO
Heavyweight Alex Leapai vs. Roger Izonritei ends in draw
Welterweight Lenny Zappavigna def. Nestor Faccio Cordozo via third-round TKO

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former National champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. Iskenderov is also the World Kickboxing Network (WKN) international coordinator for Australia.


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