Exclusive: Gary Corcoran talks Crawford v Horn, predicts Amir Khan is ‘ready for the taking’
Gary Corcoran now knows first-hand how awkward a customer Jeff Horn can be and says the Australian can be of some trouble to current pound for pound star Terence Crawford if they met.
On the back of a late stoppage over Corcoran last week in Brisbane, Horn is expected to put his WBO welterweight title on the line against Crawford as a mandatory stipulation, although there’s some heavy speculation ‘The Hornet’ could move up in weight.
Should Crawford get his opportunity to claim yet another world title, Corcoran ultimately sees the American coming through as Horn doesn’t possess all the attributes necessary to get the job done.
“I think Jeff Horn could give Terence Crawford problems because he (Crawford) is not big for the weight and I’d like to see that fight,” Corcoran exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Terence Crawford could outpoint him because Horn’s not hard to hit and he’s not a heavy puncher. Rough ability is how Horn wins fights when he gets away with it. When he doesn’t, he’s beatable.
“I was bullying him at times through our fight, pushing him off, but headbutts in the eyes changed it.”
On whether he sees Horn moving up to avoid Crawford, Corcoran added: “I don’t know, he struggled with the weight, but he got it off and didn’t seem to affect him in the fight. I think he’d be alright,” he predicted.
Sitting ringside for Corcoran’s clash with Horn was no other than Amir Khan, who is on the lookout for a comeback opponent after being taken out badly by Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.
With Khan potentially looking for a domestic rival for a UK outing, Corcoran would be more than accommodating if the call did come from the 31 year-old former super-lightweight king’s team.
“No problem. I’d fancy fighting Khan every day,” he stated.
“Khan’s ready for the taking after getting knocked out cold like he did against Canelo. It affects you, a hard knockout like that.
“He’s still a good fighter but I think he’s there to be beaten and I’ll fight him all day. I’ll fight him a phone box if he wants it!”
The pair had a brief exchange in Brisbane, although Corcoran feels Khan was not there to cheer him on as a compatriot but rather in an attempt to seal a future clash with Horn himself.
“He shook my hand and that was it. He was supporting Horn rather than the British fighter because he’s trying to get that Horn fight but I think he gets beat there too.
“I do think he can still have an impact though because he’s a good fighter and he’s a worldwide name, so why not,” added Corcoran.
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