In a disappointing match-up, WBO welterweight belt holder Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) will be defending his title on December 13 against fringe contender Gary Corcoran 17-1, 7 KOs) at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
Horn-Corcoran will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. This will be Horn’s first defense of his WBO title that he won last July with a questionable, foul-filled 12 round decision win over Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane. The two of them were supposed to fight each other in a rematch, but Pacquiao couldn’t get free from his senatorial post in the Philippines. The World Boxing Organization recently replaced Pacquiao as the No.1 contender for Horn, with Terence Crawford taking his place. Horn will need to fight Crawford next if he is successful in defending his belt against Corcoran on December 13.
“Jeff Horn not only produced the upset of the year in boxing, he also authored the story of the year, defeating Manny Pacquiao, under enormous pressure, in front of a record hometown crowd of over 51,000 fans,” said Horn’s co-promoter Bob Arum. “Jeff wasn’t just poised, he was prepared and powerful. Now Jeff faces his first test as world champion, against Corcoran, and it should be a helluva battle considering both men love to fight coming forward.”
Horn vs. Corcoran isn’t considered to be a competitive fight. The 26-year-old Corcoran hasn’t faced any quality opposition at 147 as of yet, and he was beaten by 154lb. contender Liam Williams last year in an 11th round knockout loss on July 16, 2016. It’s anyone’s guess why Corcoran chose to fight at junior middleweight in the first place, because he’s not a puncher. Many of Corcoran’s fights during his 6-year pro career has taken place in the junior middleweight division.