Horn Denies He Fights “Dirty” At Presser
At Monday’s press conference for his fight against Gary Corcoran, Jeff Horn lashed out against accusations he fights “dirty.” Horn said that while he is not a “dirty” fighter, he will stay true to the style that won him the WBO welterweight title.
Gary Corcoran’s co-trainer, Frank Greaves accused Horn of unfair tactics in some of the champion’s past fights. Greaves went as far as to put together a compilation of fights where Horn allegedly leads with his head, including his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in July.
“I respect Jeff as a fighter… (but) there is absolutely no question that he is dirty,” Greaves said.
On Monday, both Horn and Corcoran’s camps came together for the final press conference. The press conference for December 13th’s battle in Brisbane, descended into bickering between the two camps, with members of Horn’s entourage calling out from the crowd to back up the defending champion.
Greaves also taunted Horn by pulling out a baseball cap with a boxing glove taped to it and told him he should wear it in the ring.
“It’s frustrating,” Horn said.
“I’ve copped a heap of flak on that at the moment. Online, keyboard warriors saying I’m a dirty fighter.”
“It’s a fight out there, it’s not a chess competition. We’re in there, it’s physical.”
“Sometimes bad things happen and obviously even a punch is going to cut someone.”
“I’m going to stay the same because that’s what’s won me these fights.”
Greaves intends to meet with officials ahead of the fight to ensure they know about Horn’s alleged habits.
“I understand judges can be influenced by crowds and everything else and I appreciate that if we win it by a round, we probably won’t get it on the scorecards,” he said.
“But what I want is a level playing field in regards to the physical infractions, the fouling.”
“As long as we get that, I believe we win the fight.”
Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton rushed to his fighter’s defense, saying he would never direct him to intentionally headbutt an opponent.
“I see it as a sign of weakness,” he said.
“To me they’re just backpeddling. They’ve already got an excuse why they may not win.
“We’re not, we’re ready – let’s dance. We don’t need any advantage to beat you. We’ll see who’s the best man. I already know who that is.”