Arum: If Horn Wins, Pacquiao Or Crawford Next
Bob Arum has intimated that Jeff Horn will be facing Gary Corcoran on December 15th for a fight on ESPN.
This will be Horn’s first defense of his WBO welterweight championship and is expected to be at SunCorp Stadium in the Australian’s hometown of Brisbane.
The 29 year old Aussie won the WBO belt last July with a highly controversial decision against eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao was negotiating to have a rematch with Horn in November, but pulled out of the fight due to his duties as a member of the Filipino Senate.
Arum, is already looking past this potential fight with Corcoran for the fight with Pacquiao or another top fighter..
“If Horn beats this kid, we could do the Pacquiao rematch in the first part of 2018 or go right to a fight with [Terence] Crawford. Pacquiao might not fight again. Who knows?”
The Frank Warren managed Corcoran, has been described as a “fringe” contender, and his only biggest fight to date was also his first loss for the British super-welterweight title against bitter rival Liam Williams.
Corcoran also recently dropped a weight class and bested Larry Ekundayo by split decision over the summer to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight strap.
Winning that belt placed him at no.10 in the WBO world rankings, seven spots below stable-mate Bradley Skeete, also signed with Warren, who many thought would be the challenger for Horn.
The selection of Corcoran for Horn’s first defense has been criticized, even though the Brit is a top 10 contender.
Arum favored Corcoran’s style over other possible contenders. “Corcoran at least will bring the fight to Horn,” he said.
“We are clearing a location in Brisbane and then we can go ahead with the fight, which will now take place in December instead of November, which is what we were originally planning,” Arum said the fight probably will take place on Friday 15th December in Brisbane.
“We are waiting for the guys in Australia to finalize the plans for the stadium in the next day or two. They’re finishing that up and then we’ll send out the contracts, but everything is done with (Corcoran promoter) Frank (Warren) for the fight.”
Arum also stated that the Australian government is heavily involved in bankrolling the fight, as it was when Horn faced Pacquiao in one of the biggest bouts in Australian history.