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Horn wins WBO welterweight title defense against Corcoran

Horn wins WBO welterweight title defense against Corcoran

Jeff Horn has successfully defended his WBO welterweight title by recording an 11th-round stoppage win over British challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane.

Since then, Corcoran has come down in weight and had two wins. Horn did it again seconds later.

Corcoran also landed an overhand right to Horn's jaw in the sixth.

Referee Benjy Esteves Junior stepped in to stop the fight after the ring-side doctor had inspected Corcoran's bloodied face.

Corcoran got some ground back in the second, landing a right hook on Horn and getting in a series of body blows in a tight round.

Corcoran, a 27-year-old traveller from London who to this point in his career, was yet to face-off in any notable, high-profile bout, lived up to his billing as a tough fighter that refuses to take a backwards step.

"Jeff is not a dirty fighter", Rushton said. He does not lead with his head and he has never intentionally headbutted anyone.

Corcoran snapped back Horn's head with a hard jab about 15 seconds into the eighth round.

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However, Horn was regularly landing big shots and with a bad cut emerging above the eye of Corcoran during the closing stages, his corner opted to throw in the towel in the penultimate round. It was a competitive fight early. Horn landed a good combination to the head of Corcoran.

The only loss of Corcoran's career came in July previous year. He hit Horn with a pair of right hands that stopped Horn from coming forward. In the ninth round Corcoran backed up Horn with a 3-punch combination.

"We've got to fix this up". Horn later landed a right uppercut in the fifth. Corcoran came back with a combination and showing a smile.

Corcoran was bleeding from a nasty gash over his left eye when the fight ended. In the eleventh round a Horn combination knocked Corcoran off balance.

The opening rounds saw Horn sizing Corcoran up, taking the first round as the aggressor, pushing the challenger to the canvas but seeing it ruled out as a slip.

The Filipino "Fighter of the Decade" was the big star last time in the first "Battle of Brisbane", but, on this occasion, the newly crowned champion will be the main attraction. It would be a giant of a mountain for Horn winning that one.

Queensland's Rohan Murdock landed the WBO oriental super middleweight title with a win over 10 rounds against Russia's Apti Ustarkhanov, while Western Australia's Nathaniel May knocked out Brazil's Aelio Mesquita in five rounds to clinch the IBF worldwide featherweight title.

Super featherweight southpaw Paul "Showtime" Fleming, 25-0 (16), of Sydney, Australia, defeated Vergil "Strong Man" Putton, 17-9 (8), of Manila, Philippines.


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