JEFF Horn has a blister on his hand from laying turf in his Acacia Ridge backyard and British slugger Gary Corcoran promises to put callouses on the world champ's chin when they fight on December 13 at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
"Hellraiser" Corcoran has vowed an all-out war when he challenges Horn for the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title and says he has summoned some of the best boxers in Britain as sparring partners.
He promises to upset Horn in the same way Horn upset Manny Pacquiao to win the world title at Suncorp Stadium on July 2.
"Horn is a tough come-forward fighter like me so it's going to be a very tough, physical fight and I believe I can beat him at that game,'' said Corcoran, who will come face-to-face with Horn this afternoon at a Convention Centre press conference.
Corcoran has 17 wins in 18 fights and has never lost at the 66kg welterweight division.
"It will be an exciting fight, the two of us coming together, throwing punches," Corcoran said.
"I'm very strong. I'm only a welterweight but I've beaten up middleweights and this is the chance of a lifetime for me.''
Corcoran, 26, says he has been sparring former world champs Kell (Kell) Brook and David Avanesyan as well as Commonwealth Games gold medallist Frankie Gavin and has even mixed it up with the much bigger (79kg) British light-heavyweight champ Frank Buglioni as a way of preparing for Horn's physical strength.
Corcoran was born in London but comes from a family of Irish travellers and still lives in a caravan on a traveller's campsite near Wembley Arena. He is dedicating victory to his two-year-old daughter, Summer.
Meanwhile Toowoomba's Kris George continues to march toward a showdown with Horn, retaining his Commonwealth welterweight title yesterday with a sixth-round stoppage over Jack Brubaker at Sydney's Star Casino.
George, who runs a bait and tackle shop in Toowoomba, took Brubaker apart, hook, line and sinker, winning on a cut eye. He won the Commonwealth title last year with an upset decision over Horn's Olympic teammate and training partner Cameron Hammond.
On the undercard yesterday, Tim Tszyu climbed off the canvas in Round 1 to win a 10-round decision over Gunnedah light-middleweight Wade Ryan.
In Melbourne on Saturday night, world No. 6 super-flyweight Andrew Moloney scored a fourth round knockout over Tanzania's Hashimu Zuberi to become the first Australian boxer to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal and a professional Commonwealth boxing title.
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