Hell­raiser vows to take Horn to school

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - CHRIS HONNERY

fight for his life fol­low­ing a hor­rific car ac­ci­dent which sev­ered his stom­ach when he was just two.

He can’t re­mem­ber too much about it, only that he ended up un­der a van and the in­jury came ex­tremely close to rup­tur­ing his kid­neys.

The ac­ci­dent has left a large scar across his stom­ach which “Hell­raiser” Cor­co­ran uses as proof that he’s a tough fighter.

“When I was a kid, I was hit by a van,” he said in his heavy Ir­ish ac­cent from his base on the out­skirts of Lon­don.

“I just ended up un­der a van as a kid at two years of age. So I’m a tough f---er.

“(This fight) is for a world ti­tle and you just have to fight when you get these op­por­tu­ni­ties, and I’m go­ing to take this op­por­tu­nity.”

Death doesn’t faze the English­man fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent and he promised to wage war in the ring when he took on Horn to be­come the new world wel­ter­weight cham­pion.

“Ev­ery­thing shuts down when I’m in the ring,” he said.

“I just block it out and put my head down and fight – just get­ting ready for war.

“I’m ready to give my life in the ring.

“I’ve just al­ways been like that, it’s just me. If I die, I die.”

Cor­co­ran’s trainer Peter Stan­ley said the Bat­tle of Bris- bane would shape up more like the Bat­tle of Britain, where the RAAF de­feated the Ger­man Luft­waffe against the odds in 1940.

“It’s that bull­dog spirit and Gary’s definitely got that tenac­ity,” he said.

“You’ve got two boys who are go­ing to go to war. You’ve got a boy who’s a teacher and you’ve got a boy who used to hit teach­ers. You’ve got a boy from Eng­land. You’ve got a boy from Aus­tralia. What more do you want?”

Horn will be look­ing to de­fend his world ti­tle against Cor­co­ran after beat­ing Manny Pac­quiao in Bris­bane in July.

The com­par­i­son be­tween Horn and Cor­co­ran is un­canny – both have had 17 wins.

“Phys­i­cally, there’s not a great dif­fer­ence,” Stan­ley said. “It’s go­ing to be a great fight. I’m ready to get the pop­corn out and sit in the front row.” ENGLISH boxer Gary Cor­co­ran is plan­ning to come out swing­ing against Jeff Horn in their WBO world wel­ter­weight ti­tle fight on De­cem­ber 13.

The 27-year-old this week­end ramped up his train­ing for the Bat­tle of Bris­bane be­fore he is due to fly to Aus­tralia on Mon­day week.

UK’s fourth-ranked wel­ter­weight boxer said he had looked at Horn’s fight­ing tech­nique and planned to wear him down in the early rounds.

“Jeff’s a good fighter,” said Cor­co­ran, who is nick­named the Hell­raiser.

“He’s a pretty di­rect fighter. Once I jump in the ring though, I wear fight­ers out quick.”

His trainer Peter Stan­ley said Cor­co­ran was in his best fight­ing shape lead­ing in to next month’s fight.

“Gary’s train­ing for this fight like he does for ev­ery other one,” he said.

“He’s as fit as ever and it should be an in­ter­est­ing fight.

“I’ve seen how Jeff fights. He’s very good at what he does.

“He’s very tena­cious, very tough, a come-for­ward fighter. It’s no mystery how he fights.”

Stan­ley said it would be in­ter­est­ing to see if Horn had any­thing “left in the tank” fol­low­ing his shock vic­tory over dec­o­rated world cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao in July.

“I did watch the Manny fight,” he said.

“I thought (Jeff) won it but I can see where the con­tro­versy was. I think he had a very tough ninth round and I don’t know how he came through that but fair play to him. We’ll find out what he took out of him when we’re there.”

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