Boxing: Horn Aims To Beat Corcoran To Bait Pacquiao For A Rematch
Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao in July 2017 and is looking to lure the Filipino professional boxer for a rematch in 2018.
Horn will on Wednesday face Gary Corcoran for his WBO welterweight title defense at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Also, Horn wants to use this fight to dispel any notion that he got a hometown decision against Pacquiao in Brisbane last July. If he gets his way, it could set him up for a big 2018.
Unbeaten in 18 bouts, Horn is focusing first, on the fight at hand, before thinking about 2018.
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"I've got until after this fight to start having discussions," he said. "He's definitely a possibility if I can manage to get through Gary first."
The Australian former schoolteacher was written off before taking on Pacquiao (59-7-2), but pressured the eight-division champion for 12 rounds in an upset that changed the trajectory of his career.
Pacquiao's camp disputed the unanimous decision, which was widely panned by critics but later confirmed after further scrutiny by the World Boxing Organization. Pacquiao had a rematch clause for the Horn fight, but so far hasn't committed to a date or venue.
Corcoran is 17-1 since turning pro in 2011 and is ranked 10th by the WBO. He is the underdog and is fighting outside of Britain and Ireland for the first time for his first world title.
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