Today at 6:30 am ET on ESPN, Jeff Horn returns to action at home in Brisbane, Australia, as he makes his first defense of the WBO welterweight title against England’s Gary Corcoran.
Horn (17-0-1, 11 KO) won the title controversially in July, beating Manny Pacquiao by decision at Suncorp Stadium. A rematch was anticipated and in the works for November, but Pacquiao pulled out because of his busy government schedule in the Philippines, and instead, it will be Corcoran (17-1, 7 KO) challenging Horn in the Aussie’s first defense.
There’s no U.S.-televised undercard action on the show, as ESPN is showing just the main event, and unlike Pacquiao-Horn, this fight is taking place at time normal for Australian boxing, instead of pushing it back several hours to get it live in the afternoon for U.S. fans.
Is Horn a one-hit wonder? Can Corcoran pull off the upset that Horn did back in the summer? Tune in and join us for early morning fun!
- Jeff Horn def. Gary Corcoran by TKO (1:35 of round 11)
Round By Round
Jeff Horn vs Gary Corcoran
Round 1: Kind of an awkward feeling out round in the first two minutes, both guys throwing and moving around, but not landing anything clean of note. Horn with a well-timed jab that pushes Corcoran back nicely, then a straight right a moment later. Left to the body from Horn. He took this round solidly in the final minute. Horn 10-9
Round 2: Good right potshot from Horn as Corcoran comes in aggressively. Heads coming together twice inside, but no cuts result. Horn with another right hand. So far he just looks like a better fighter than Corcoran, period. Both throwing in close, Corcoran lands a short right. Moments later, a decent straight right, and then another strong right. He’s targeting the cut Horn suffered in training over his left eye. Decent round. Closer round. Horn 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Horn with a three-punch combo about 30 seconds into the round. Corcoran with a glancing, chopping right hand, then he looks to the body with his left. Lots of wrestling on the inside. More wrestling. Good uppercut inside from Corcoran. Corcoran is doing some decent work in close and is making this a fight. He gets warned at the end of the round for hitting behind the head, which he definitely did, almost a Conor McGregor-like hammerfist. Corcoran 10-9, Horn 29-28
Round 4: Cocoran trying his best to make this a true scrap, which you’d think is up Horn’s alley, too, but Horn really is a better boxer, and mixing it up too much with Corcoran only helps Corcoran’s chances. This is another decent round. It’s a totally watchable fight, even if there’s nothing huge coming from either guy. Horn takes this round, doing the better overall work and punctuating it by landing a good uppercut late in the round. Horn 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: I don’t mean to “hate,” but I can’t stress enough how unremarkable this fight has been so far. Not bad, that’s not what I mean. But there’s nothing special happening here because neither of the fighters are special. Horn is tough and gritty and I enjoy him, and Corcoran is making the effort, but this isn’t a matchup that really brings the best out of either. Corcoran not good enough to make Horn go nuts like he did with Pacquiao in big stretches of that fight, and Horn not so good that he can showcase any great class against Corcoran. Horn 10-9, 49-46
Round 6: Horn’s cut is bleeding now and Corcoran is doing his best to work on it. This is a solid round for Gary Corcoran, and keeps him in the fight on my scorecard. He needed this one, at least for me, and we’ll see if that cut makes a difference. We’re also entering the second half, so we’ll see if Horn’s late, big weight cut will be an issue for his stamina. Corcoran 10-9, Horn 58-56
Round 7: Horn going back to boxing now, probably smart to protect the cut as much as he can and, again, to save some energy. The wrestling and holding hasn’t been too bad and usually the fight out of it. Corcoran coming forward, Horn pats him with a few little shots. Horn gets clipped off balance, Corcoran lands a shot late. Better round for Horn. He’s not letting Corcoran build real momentum in this fight. Horn 10-9, 68-65
Round 8: Both guys are cut, it’s been a tough fight. Horn with some good combination punching, attacking aggressively for the moment, but not recklessly. Corcoran still really trying to do work, especially when they get close. But, again, Horn’s a better fighter. Corcoran needs something special, or for Horn to just plain gas out, and the latter doesn’t seem likely. Both guys cut over both eyes, none of it terrible, so doesn’t seem like any of it is a real problem. Horn 10-9, 78-74
Round 9: Corcoran with a left-hand attack to get inside, Horn shuts it down once he does. Corcoran trying to work more as he comes forward at the behest of his corner. Blood coming down Horn’s face from the right eye now, same eye that was cut badly against Pacquiao. Corcoran’s left eye is about as bad, so it’s roughly even on that count. Horn with a little right hand. He’s still doing the cleaner, more consistent real work. Left hook and a right hand from Horn. If anyone is tiring any, it seems to be Corcoran. Horn 10-9, 88-83
Round 10: Horn with a hot start to this round, a combination that pushes Corcoran to the ropes and nearly through them. Corcoran still trying to work, but the class has separated at this point. Horn isn’t the “classiest” guy, but he’s better than Corcoran. I keep saying that, but it’s just the simplest fact about this fight. Corcoran’s left eye has become something of a mess, and Horn’s attacked it consistently and properly. Horn 10-9, 98-92
Round 11: Doctor taking a long look at Corcoran’s left eye before the round can get going, but the fight goes on. Right hand and an uppercut from Horn. Horn really has all the confidence and momentum at this point. Benjy Esteves Jr stops the fight somewhat out of nowhere, with Horn tagging and tapping him constantly, and the eye is just bad enough for Esteves to stop it. Horn TKO-11