British challenger threatens to bite Horn in title bout
GYPSY hitman Gary Corcoran has threatened to bite Jeff Horn if he headbutts him in next Wednesday's world welterweight title fight "like he did against Manny Pacquiao''.
In the second headbutting controversy in Australian sport in two weeks following Jonny Bairstow's Liverpool kiss on Aussie cricket rival Cameron Bancroft, Corcoran has promised to fight fire with teeth if Horn wants to play rough at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
"Jeff headbutts,'' the Londoner said in his final public workout at Steve Deller's Fortitude Gym in Newstead.
"I'm expecting headbutts. I'm used to it. I've been headbutted before and that's the way Jeff fights. He's known for leading with his head.''
Corcoran said Horn constantly headbutted Manny Pacquiao in winning the WBO world welterweight title at Suncorp Stadium on July 2.
He said rather than complain to New York referee Benjy Esteves Jr about Horn's style before the fight, he would deal with it by using his own remedy.
"I won't headbutt Jeff back - I'll bite him,'' Corcoran said.
"I have bullied bigger boys than Jeff in previous fights. I've trained for 12 hard rounds and he hasn't fought anyone as big or young as me.''
Horn denies that he is a dirty fighter.
"I'm an aggressive fighter,'' he said. "The way I fight in close it's just natural that sometimes your heads collide.
"I got accused of butting against Manny Pacquiao but I was the one who came off worse.
"I got a bad cut over my eye when our heads banged together but the head clash was accidental.
"My trainer Glenn Rushton has always taught me to fight hard but fair. But if Gary wants to turn it into a brawl with me well bring it on.''
Corcoran's manager Peter Stanley said it was "odd'' that Horn has made a "big deal about being a bullied schoolboy when he is a bully in the ring''.
"Those headbutts against Pacquiao weren't accidental,'' Stanley said.
"Jeff knows exactly what he's doing. He jumps in head first and you have to practise to fight like that.
"If he wants to turn it into a street fight, well that suits us.
"Gary has done all the hard work and he's tapering now ready for the big night. He's calm, he's relaxed, he's focused and he's ready to beat Jeff Horn.''
Corcoran went through a light workout on the punching pads with trainer Frank Greaves on Thursday.
He did not show the same power or intensity of Horn or Pacquiao but he said he was just going through the motions, the hard work being already done in England.
"I can't wait to fight now,'' he said.
"I want to get it over and done with. I don't take any fighter lightly but Jeff is another one I can tick off the box.
"You'll see on the night I have the power and the strength.
"It means the world to me to win this fight - that's why you get into boxing to win a world title. I'm a better fighter than Jeff but it's just business to me. So no hard feelings.''