Dangerous double act in Horn’s attack plan
GRANTLEE KIEZA JEFF Horn is using two of Queensland boxing’s toughest warriors for sparring partners as he prepares for a vicious, sustained assault from world title challenger Gary Corcoran at the Brisbane Convention Centre on December 13.
He has been sparring with local pro Mark Gadaleta and rising amateur star Jacob Bobir as Corcoran promises a slugfest for the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.
Horn will be in Queen St Mall from 10am today, signing copies of his autobiography, The Hornet, and said that he welcomed a brief respite from his rigorous training schedule.
Gadaleta has been a longtime teammate of Horn at trainer Glenn Rushton’s Stretton Boxing Club, while Bobir is coached by Benny Harrington at the Pine Rivers PCYC, as part of a stable that includes seven Australian champions and the 2018 Commonwealth Games hope Liam Wilson.
Horn, who was joined by Miss World Australia 2015 Tess Alexander at Dundee Kim’s Yeronga gym yesterday for a strength and conditioning session, said his two sparring partners were doing their best to replicate the relentless twofisted attacks of Corcoran, a London gypsy.
“Mark and Jacob are both very aggressive, tough guys,’’ Horn said.
“I know Corcoran will give me a hard physical fight and I’m preparing for non-stop action.”
While Corcoran represents a clear and present danger, big challenges loom like storm clouds on Horn’s horizon.
American promoter Bob Arum has manoeuvred his fighter Terence Crawford into the mandatory position to challenge Horn in March in Las Vegas.
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