Jeff Horn vs Gary Corcoran

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Date: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Location: 
Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
147
Titles at Stake: 
WBO Welterweight World Title
Referee: 
Benjy Esteves

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Report written by BoxingScene.

Jeff Horn’s first defense of the WBO welterweight title wasn’t pretty, but the unbeaten Australian recorded a more convincing victory than he did when he upset Manny Pacquiao to win it.

Horn overcame cuts above both eyes, bloodied British challenger Gary Corcoran and Corcoran’s trainer, Frank Greaves, stopped their title fight in the 11th round Wednesday night in Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown. Referee Benjy Esteves stepped in to halt the scheduled 12-round bout at 1:35 of the 11th round at Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Corcoran was bleeding from a nasty gash over his left eye when the fight ended. Horn was beating Corcoran by big margins on all three scorecards at that point (100-90, 99-91, 99-91).

London’s Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs) is the WBO’s No. 10 contender at 147 pounds and represented an optional opponent for Horn in his first defense of the WBO welterweight title.

The 27-year-old Corcoran’s loss to Horn was his second in his past four fights. England’s Liam Williams (16-2-1, 11 KOs) dealt Corcoran his first defeat by stopping him in the 11th round of their July 2016 bout in Cardiff, Wales.

Horn’s victory over Corcoran moved him toward a mandatory defense against unbeaten Terence Crawford in his next fight. The WBO installed the 30-year-old Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) as its No. 1 contender at 147 pounds after Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, decided to give up his IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO 140-pound championships to move up to welterweight.

“Look, it’s a big possibility,” Horn said of facing Crawford sometime in April. “If that’s what everyone wants to see, that’s what’s gonna happen. It’s all the entertainment business, of course.”

A round before Wednesday’s encounter ended, Corcoran came back in the 10th round by landing jabs and left hooks.

Horn mostly had his way with Corcoran in the ninth round. Corcoran’s work rate had slowed down by then, and Horn was able to land and move out of Corcoran’s punching range consistently.

Horn knocked Corcoran off balance with a stiff jab when there were just over 30 seconds to go in the first round.

Corcoran had some success over the last 30 seconds of the second round. He hit Horn with a pair of right hands that stopped Horn from coming forward.

Esteves warned Horn and Corcoran early in the third round for their tactics. Corcoran pressed the action for the remainder of the third round and mostly made Horn fight off his back foot.

Corcoran connected with a straight right hand with 2:15 to go in the fourth round. Horn hit Corcoran with a right uppercut late in the fourth.

Corcoran came back by landing an overhand right that made Horn retreat in the final minute of the fifth. Horn’s left-right combination landed just before the midway mark of the fifth round. Horn later landed a right uppercut in the fifth.

Corcoran also landed an overhand right to Horn’s jaw in the sixth.
Blood began flowing from a cut over Horn’s left eye early in the sixth round. Horn and Corcoran spent much of the sixth round trading jabs, clinching and clashing heads.

Horn’s jab was effective in the seventh round, as he consistently landed it to keep Corcoran at a distance. Corcoran went down with just over two minutes to go in the seventh round, but Esteves ruled that trip to the canvas was caused by a push.

Corcoran drew a warning from Esteves for hitting Horn with a right hand after the bell sounded to end the seventh round. By the seventh round, Horn had cuts over his right and left eyes.

Corcoran snapped back Horn’s head with a hard jab about 15 seconds into the eighth round. Horn hit Corcoran, who bled from a worsening cut above his left eye, with a left hook on his hip later in the eighth, which made Corcoran move away from him.

“He definitely pushed me in there,” Horn said. “My timing was a bit off, but I managed to get him out of there in the end. I was just getting my timing [early in the fight]. The whole fight, I felt it was a little bit off tonight, but I managed to clip him with a few good ones and then, unfortunately, our heads did come together. We’ve both got cuts on our heads. That’s a bit of a shame, but most of it was caused by the punches, I’m pretty sure.”




Fan Cards: Jeff Horn vs Gary Corcoran


scorecard by ABURIUS
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JEFF HORN
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
98
GARY CORCORAN
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
93


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JEFF HORN
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
98
GARY CORCORAN
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
92


scorecard by BOXNATIONSCORES12
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JEFF HORN
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
98
GARY CORCORAN
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
92


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JEFF HORN
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
97
GARY CORCORAN
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
93


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JEFF HORN
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
97
GARY CORCORAN
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
9
93


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JEFF HORN
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
97
GARY CORCORAN
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
93


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I don't mind this match up.
Jeff Horn is still, to a degree, untested, having beaten a faded Manny Pacquiao, but is still considered a very good fighter, unbeaten, a world champion, he can't be denied that recognition. I think Horn is a fighter who rises to the occasion, I think he probably has underestimated Gary Corcoran, Corcoran, a good fighter at British, Commonwealth, even European level, but he isn't world class I don't think, struggled in his latest victory against Larry Ekundayo, against bitter rival Liam Williams, stopped in 11 rounds, behind, in a competitive fight, but a fight in which started, and finished, with Corcoran looking a level below his opponent. If Horn is as good as a lot of people think he is, if he can even talk about fighting Thurman, Spence, Crawford, considered even a small threat, he has to do a job on Corcoran, dominate him, if not stop him, either inflict a beat down on him, or give him a boxing lesson.

I've heard from a few people in the boxing world that Horn's preparations haven't been good, I think with all the very positive, and also the very negative things going on jn his personal life, it wouldn't surprise anyone if he had been distracted from training for the past couple of months. I don't tnink Horn will impress here, I would like to be proven wrong, I think he'll still beat Corcoran, he could still stop him, but I think this one will go the distance, I think Horn, potentially, could make this one a mismatch, I've seen Corcoran fight 3-4 times, he's good, but at this level, not really I don't think, but I think he'll over perform, Corcoran, and Horn will under perform.

If Horn does win, but fail to impress, it won't help his reputation, it won't help his marketability, ability to sell tickets, the other champions certainly won't think twice, or lose eagerness to fight him and rip his title off him, presumably, but Horn coukd certainly do with a good, dominant victory, make a bit of a statement. There is only so much of a statement Horn can make against Corcoran, best case scenario, he wins, looks good, he won't get a great deal of praise, but the difference, however small, to his reputation, evidence of being a great fighter, will be positive, because to dominate tough, rough, prepared opponents, who come to fight, that's always impressive, at least to a degree.

BoxNationscores12's picture

Corcoran took a chance, he stepped up to world level, he never thought he'd get the opportunity, went to the other side of the world, took a gamble, you can't blame him for that, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, and he came second best. Horn, he did what he had to do, he had to raise his game, after that Manny Pacquiao win, the biggest win of his career, you've got to get up for an opponent like Corcoran, he's not the same sort of name level, and I thought he boxed really well, Horn, he's deceivingly fit, he's technically very good, he's hard to read, he jumps in with his attacks, and overall, apart from strenth wise, he was the all round better fighter.

I see no way in which Jeff Horn beats Terence Crawford, but he's massively underrated, you look at him, you see he's awkward, but you wonder what he really does, but when you are actually in the ring with him, he's better than you expect him to be.

No one gave him a chance against Pacquiao, no one did, and he shocked the world, and then he got to take the defence he wanted, it looked like it was going to be a hard fight, it turned out not to be in the second half, to be fair, and now he moves onto what's going to be a really hard fight against Terence Crawford.

Credit where credit's due, good performance from Jeff Horn, who was tested, had to dig deep, it was a fight, and boxing skills prevailed.

Champion97's picture

From my viewpoint, that was a ridiculous stoppage, to be honest, that has to one of the most premature, badly timed finishes to a fight, I've ever seen, Corcoran threw the last punches of the fight, Horn hadn't just landed his hardest, most hurtful punches of the fight, this was a world title fight, ridiculous stoppage. I think when it gets to the point when a referee stops a fight, when a fighter hasn't been down, hasn't lost every round, is bigger than his opponent, hasn't taken a sustained beating, you have to ask questions.

I think the reason why Corcoran didn't really protest, is because he'd had enough, he has too much pride, too much toughness to quit, he wasn't going to, but I think he wanted a way out, he was relieved when the referee stopped the fight. I understand that Horn was starting to dominate, was quite a long way ahead, had landed some hard shots, but by that logic, the amount of fights we would see stopped, it would be a much less popular sport I'll say. I thought Horn was starting to take Corcoran apart after in round 10, the stoppage may have come legitimately, Corcoran started to lose motivation after maybe 8 rounds, he wasn't unstoppable, but I didn't like that stoppage.

This was a good performance from Jeff Horn, better than I expected, but based on what I saw in this fight, I see him losing badly to Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr, Keith Thurman, I wouldn't predict him to beat Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, I think he's good enough to beat Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, he's an underrated fighter, he gives any fighter a challenge I think, I don't see even Crawford stopping Horn in a short mismatch. I hope Horn vs Crawford happens, Horn would be facing possibly the best boxer in the world, he wouldn't have to ein that fight to make a great account of himself, and the weight would work in his favour, whether or not that would be any sort of a real factor remains to be seen, but I think Crawford would be made to work in that fight.

Yeah i agree with you very weird stoppage indeed...but since Corcoran didn't protest, it doesn't really matter. But i didn't really see a reason to stop the fight there as Corcoran was Landing punches on Horn without receiving anything there lol.

Champion97's picture

You think Horn gives Crawford a tough fight?