Exclusive: Gary Corcoran confirms Jeff Horn world title clash, awaits contract finalization

Joe Hewlett 08/10/2017


Gary Corcoran has landed himself the biggest fight of his career after confirming he will take on WBO world champion Jeff Horn.

The Australian shocked the world as he overcame Manny Pacquiao to win via a controversial points decision back in July.

Corcoran, who is preparing for his maiden world title challenge, admitted he was surprised to find out he will commence battle with Horn, but is relishing the chance to take the belt back to the UK.

“The fights on but we’re just going through the contract now, that’s all I know at the moment. It’ll be in Australia. It came out of the blue, but I took it straight away,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.

Reflecting on Horns win over the Philippine, the 26-year-old wasn’t impressed in Pacquiao’s performance in Brisbane.

“I think Pacquiao made hard work of it. I don’t think it was a very good Pacquiao, Horn is there to beat, I can beat him. I’ve sparred with some world class fighters in this country, I can win a world title.

The ‘Hell Raiser’ is confident of supremacy despite bookmakers favouring the Aussie.

“He’s strong, he comes forward, that’s all I know about him. He can box a bit but I think he’s there to be beat and I can beat him.

“This is what I say to people, if he didn’t beat Manny Pacquiao and came over to fight me or Bradley Skeete for a Commonwealth world title, we’d be the favourites to win. Because he beat Pacquiao and has that world title, he’ll be the favourite over there now. I’m just so happy about getting a world title fight out of it.”

He’s refusing to look past Horn, though the Brit has welcomed the chance of a potential unification alongside a fellow compatriot.

“If I win this fight, I won’t be looking at a British fighter, I’d be looking at a world fighter and then if the likes of Bradley Skeete win a world title, then hopefully we can have a unification,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95