Jeff Horn takes a break from training ahead of his weltherweight showdown with Englishman Gary Corcoran.
Jeff Horn takes a break from training ahead of his weltherweight showdown with Englishman Gary Corcoran. JONO SEARLE

Jeff Horn reveals his concern ahead of title fight

BOXING: Jeff Horn is under increasing pressure as he fights to make weight ahead of next week's WBO welterweight world title defence against unheralded British foe Gary Corcoran in Brisbane.

Barely a week before meeting Corcoran, Horn is struggling to make weight for the fight, with the world champion admitting losing the last few kilos had become tough.

Horn tipped the scales at 73kg and needed to lose at least 7kg in a week to make the cut for the December 13 bout.

"It's coming down but it is always a difficult task," he said. "Sometimes I feel it just doesn't want to come off like I want it to.

"I am about to hit 30 and they say it sticks on you a bit more.

"Hopefully I feel good on fight day after I make the weight."

 

British boxer Gary Corcoran (centre) trades words with WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn ahead of their world title fight.
British boxer Gary Corcoran (centre) trades words with WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn ahead of their world title fight. DAN PELED

But Horn's weight loss battle was music to the ears of Corcoran.

"Losing a bit of weight, no matter what you say, it will make you weak," he said.

"It happens to everyone.

"(But ) I am ready for a hard 12-rounder."

Speculation over future big-money fights is also impacting Horn's preparations ahead of the showdown at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Horn has already been linked to lucrative bouts with undefeated American Terence Crawford, ex-world champion Amir Khan and Anthony Mundine next year.

If Horn defeats the Brit, the 29-year-old is set to take on the highly-rated Crawford in Las Vegas in April.

 

Terence Crawford (right) lands a blow during his lightweight championship fight against Felix Diaz.
Terence Crawford (right) lands a blow during his lightweight championship fight against Felix Diaz. Frank Franklin II

Khan, currently on the Gold Coast shooting UK TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, has also been sounded out for 2018 and is tipped to attend next week's fight.

Horn admitted he still getting used to the constant speculation since his life changed when he upset 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao in July.

"It's a distraction when you hear all these guys wanting to fight you but it happens all the time," he said.

"I will just get used to it, worry about Gary and whatever happens after that if I get passed him.

"There's been a lot of awards nights and functions that I have had to attend but training always comes first and I am fit and ready for a hard 12-round fight."

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