Jeff Horn vs. Gary Corcoran Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 12/13/17
Corcoran vs. Horn
Boxing: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (Convention & Exhibition Centre)
The Line: Horn -600 / Corcoran +350 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Jeff Horn and Gary Corcoran fight Wednesday at the Convention & Exhibition Centre for the WBO World Welterweight Title.
Jeff Horn enters this fight with a 17-0-1 record that includes 11 knockouts. This will be Horn’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Manny Pacquiao. Horn is a 29-year-old who is easily the best pound-for-pound boxer in Australia and will be defending his belt for the first time. Horn stands at 5’9”, has a 68 inch reach and lands accurate punches that has stopped three of his last four opponents. Horn dodges punches well despite limited athleticism and slips in quick, powerful punches that make him effective on counters. Horn has also proven he’s an extremely tough fighter, as he was outboxed by Pacquiao and should heave been rewarded the loss, but politics clearly got in the way with the fight being on his home soil. Either way, Horn can take a beating and still stay in there, something he should be given credit for. Horn has fought his whole career in Australia, his birthplace.
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Gary Corcoran enters this fight with a 17-1 record that includes seven knockouts. Corcoran has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a July win over Larry Ekundayo. Corcoran will box for the third time this year and looks for the biggest win of his career at 27 years old. Corcoran hasn’t lost since his 2016 knockout to Liam Williams, and is fresh off a tight fight in which he beat possibly the best active Nigerien boxer. Corcoran has a swarming style where he likes to put pressure on his opponent and moves forward at all times. Corcoran also has a strong right hand and has won three of his last eight fights by knockout. So, while the punching power isn’t great, Corcoran can’t be slept on by his opponent. However, we’re going to learn a lot more from Corcoran, as he leaves the comfort of his home for the first time. This will be Corcoran’s first fight outside of the United Kingdom.
I mentioned in the Pacquiao-Horn preview that there was a small chance of an upset and it was a dangerous fight for the legend. While Horn should have been rewarded the loss, he did prove he’s a decent boxer who can take a beating and does a good job of being aggressive and staying in the fight. He’s not going to go down easily and does have some power shots to make his opponent think twice about coming forward. Corcoran hasn’t beaten anybody close to Horn’s level, and even if he does stay in this fight, Australia has shown its going to make sure the hometown kid leaves with the belt. So, even making a case for Corcoran in this bout makes no sense.
Horn remains unbeaten.