Horn v Corcoran: Hungry Horn bites back
BOXING: After no food or water overnight and an hour-long steaming hot bath Jeff Horn made the welterweight limit for his WBO world title fight with Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
He was in good spirits despite the privations and for extra spice on his empty stomach donned a unique prop - a pair of ear muffs with teeth attached as a nod to his opponent's threat to bite him.
Horn weighed 66.52kg and Corcoran 66.47 at Tuesday's official weigh-in. The welterweight limit is 66.68kg.
While Corcoran is full of confidence he is so little known in the world of boxing that ring announcer Michael "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" Buffer twice introduced him to the crowd as 'Gary Gallagher', drawing heavy groans from his team and from Bob Arum, the world's leading promoter.
"They'll all know my name after this," Corcoran said.
The English gypsy's team immediately raised the issue of Horn's fighting style - and what they call deliberate headbutts - with New York referee Benjy Esteves Jr, who said he would enforce the rules of boxing to the letter for both teams.
Horn was joined at the weigh-in by his heavily pregnant wife Jo and said her welfare was his top priority, even more than the big fight.
"There's going to be a problem tomorrow if Jo has the baby at the fight," Horn said.
"We might have to postpone the bout because Jo will kill me if I don't go to the hospital with her."
The world welterweight champion said he would refuel all afternoon with electrolyte drinks and pasta and watch an action movie with Jo to inspire him for the fight.
He has taken to wearing a sleep apnoea mask to stop snoring and said it allows him to wake feeling much more refreshed than in recent weeks.
Horn snored heavily before the July victory over Manny Pacquiao but Jo, who normally silences it by elbowing him in the ribs, let him get as much shut eye as possible leading into the victory before 51,000 people at Suncorp Stadium.
Horn had an unlikely supporter join him at Tuesday's weight-in, with former world champ Amir Khan declaring he was backing Horn for victory and not Corcoran, his countryman.
"I support Gary Corcoran and I would have sparred with him if I didn't have to have hand surgery," said Khan, who has been on the Gold Coast hinterland filming the TV show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!
"But Jeff Horn is a very strong, aggressive fighter. He puts huge pressure on his opponents and I think he will win this.
"I want to get a good look at him fighting in person because he and I might be a big fight in 2018. I would use a lot of angles and movement against him."
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