Horn not a dirty fighter - Rushton

Frederick Owens
December 14, 2017

The Queenslander stunned the boxing world when he defeated Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision to claim the WBO welterweight title in July at Suncorp Stadium, with many forming the opinion that the Filipino legend had bossed him for the majority of the 12 rounds.

If the Aussie's cardio isn't where it needs to be or he was affected by the weight cut, Corcoran has the style to exploit it.

On Wednesday Horn will voluntarily defend his title against London-based Irish Traveller Gary Corcoran, where he's set to make $1 million for the fight, however, a much bigger paycheck is on the line for Horn.

"Yeah, there is a lot to prove to a lot of Americans", Horn said.

"He's definitely going to be a handful, I know that", Horn said. Gary can go into the trenches with anyone in the world, providing we have a level playing field.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum attended Tuesday's weigh-in and said a win here "will lead to massive fights coming next year".

Corcoran's trainer, Frank Greaves, claimed on Monday that Horn had gained an unfair advantage in his fight against Pacquiao as well as saying he has benefited from his illegal tactics throughout his career.

Horn has won 11 of his 18 fights by knockout and he has stopped his rivals in three of his past four wins over Randall Bailey, Rico Mueller and Ali Funeka.

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If he beats gritty British challenger Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7 TKOs), he gets more than just his prize money and a successful title defence on his record.

But Horn battled back into the fight to win the fifth round, evening up the ledger after overcoming Corcoran's smothering tactics, as his wife Jo - eight months pregnant and expecting a baby daughter imminently - watched on.

"Jeff is not a dirty fighter", Rushton said. Who do you think will emerge victorious in the possible match-up?

"We've got to fix this up". Yeah, you heard that right. We're not doing kickboxing here. I felt my timing was a bit off, but I got him in the end.

There was a confusing win for Australia's Shannon O'Connell, who won TKO in the first round over Thailand's Sumalee Tongpootorn.

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.

Also on the bill, welterweight Leonardo Zappavigna moved to 37-3 with a third round victory over Nestor Faccio, whilst undefeated super featherweight Paul Fleming took Vergil Puton out in the seventh.

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