Drained Horn drops 4kg overnight to make weight for Corcoran fight

Drained, quite literally, but relieved, Jeff Horn insists his late rush to make weight won’t have any impact on his energy levels when he meets Gary Corcoran to defend his WBO welterweight crown in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

Horn had to strip almost four kilograms overnight to get under the WBO limit of 66.68kg, eventually tipping the scales at 66.52kg on Tuesday. A lean, chiselled Corcoran had no such problems, weighing in at 66.47kg.

While his trainer Glenn Rushton later said Horn had made the weight ‘comfortably’, privately there had been concerns given the way he had been tracking. They weighed Horn privately before the media was allowed in and when the official number was called out, Horn couldn’t get out of there quickly enough.

Horn will be closer to 70kg by the time he fights, which his camp feel will be more than enough to combat the taller Corcoran, whose camp insists has a physical advantage over the 29-year-old Queenslander.

“I’m very relieved,” Horn said. “It’s always good to get in nice and close to that weight but not go over it, because it can be stressful.

“It’s always a struggle … [but] I’ve done this plenty of times before. I feel like I’ll be feeling good tomorrow.

“I’m going to have a good feed tonight and just relax, watch a movie, have a nice sleep, get up and do the business.”

Horn’s issues with weight on this occasion could simply be a hangover from his lengthy celebrations after beating Pacquiao. He was ferried to America for the ESPY Awards and has spent endless hours at functions and charity events.

Corcoran’s trainer Peter Stanley was quick to pounce on Horn’s weight issues, while they didn’t appear overly impressed with Horn’s shape as he took off his shirt.

“No doubt, he had to suffer,” Stanley said. “The more times you go to the well the more times you’re going to struggle.

“I’m not saying he’s going to struggle – tomorrow night he’s going to be a big, big boy, another five or six kilos for sure.

“Will it make him suffer in the fight? We’ll see.”

There’s a good chance the bout could get nasty, with relations between the fighters and the rival camps deteriorating during the week. Horn’s camp also have concerns about their fighter opening up old cuts, a number of which are the legacy of a brutal win over Pacquiao.

But Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton wasn’t having any talk about his champion meeting his physical match in Corcoran, saying he was simply the latest fighter to sell Horn short in the lead-up to a fight.

“Jeff is as big and strong as any welterweight in the division, I have no doubt about that,” rushton said. “It’s a strength of will as much as a strength of body. It’s overwhelming. Gary Corcoran will experience that tomorrow night.”

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