WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, who shockingly defeated all-time great Manny Pacquiao earlier this year, is expected to fight unheralded Briton Gary Corcoran in December. “That’s what I hear is happening,” president of Top Rank Todd DuBoef said.
Corcoran himself is already preparing. “I’ve been training the last few weeks,” Gary told Boxing News. “I’ll be ready.
“If it’s the world title or the British title, I’ll take it. I’m just waiting.”
Corcoran relishes the shot at Jeff Horn. He believes the Australian is the most vulnerable of the welterweight world champions. “We don’t know how he ranks against other fighters. I think he’s very limited with skills. Out of Errol Spence, Thurman and all them fellas, I think he’s the most limited of the lot of them. He could be the easiest one of the lot of them,” Gary said. “I don’t think it was a very good Pacquiao. I don’t think Pacquiao’s the same fighter he used to be. But he still beat a good fighter in Pacquiao. He’s a come forward fighter, I really do feel I can beat him. I have the style to beat him. 100% I have the style to beat him.
“It’ll be fireworks. It’s going to be a good fight.”
Corcoran acknowledges he is fortunate to be in contention for this fight, but that wouldn’t stop him seizing the opportunity. “I didn’t think my name would be down for that [a possible world title shot] straightaway. I was hoping to get the British title shot. I was hoping to get the British, whatever they offered me. So fingers crossed, you never know what can happen if this sport. If they offer me a world title, I’ll be on it. I’ll be on it for that fight,” he said.
“It’s so close. My last five or six fights, I fought a lot of unbeaten fighters. I slipped up against Liam Williams at light-middleweight. I was always inbetween weights at that weight but I always knew I could beat him. Listen, it was his day, he beat me, fair enough. But I will have my day now hopefully. Hopefully I will get some big titles and I will win. I think I can do some damage at this weight. And then one day I will eventually move back to light-middle.”