By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought eleventh round TKO over #10 rated Gary Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was a competitive fight early. Horn was cut over the left eye in round six. Corcoran was cut over the left eye in round eight. Horn took over down the stretch and referee Benjy Esteves waved it off at 1:35 the eleventh round due to the condition of Corcoran’s eye.

At the time of the stoppage, Horn was ahead 100-90, 99-91, 99-91. Next up for “The Hornet” is likely #1 rated Terence “Bud” Crawford in the Spring in Las Vegas.

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The calendar for the year in boxing 2018 is starting to flesh out a tiny bit.

The best – or second or third-best – boxer on the planet is two-division champion Terence Crawford and, but of course, he is atop many watch lists and we want to get a sense of when he’s gloving up for his inaugural 2018 scrap.

That will become clearer after Jeff Horn’s WBO 147-pound crown defense takes place in Australia, against Brit Gary Corcoran, on December 13. And Crawford will be real close, so he’ll get a close-up gander at with whom he’ll be tasked, adding to his scalps list. Yes, Crawford will head to Australia, with Team Top Rank, and sit ringside to watch Horn-Corcoran, says TR bossman Bob Arum. Depending on how Horn vs. Corcoran plays out, the promoter said we’d see that winner meet Crawford in March or April.

And, pray tell, where? Back to Nebraska for “Bud”? Or New York City again? “To be determined,” Arum answered. “If Horn wins, I’d expect the same crazy publicity (in his native land of Australia), along those lines, that we saw for him against (Manny) Pacquiao (last July). It would again be on ESPN and it would be very, very big, big enough to do in a big arena in Las Vegas. Horn has said his dream is to be in a main event on the big stage in Vegas. Terence’s fans from Nebraska are so avid, you’d get 5-to-6,000 from Nebraska to Vegas; I think.”

A programming note: You can watch Jeff Horn vs. Gary Corcoran on Wednesday, on the morning of December 13. “Our good friends at ESPN,” Arum said, will be showing Horn vs. Corcoran, live, at 6:15 a.m. ET, 3:15 a.m. on the West Coast.

So, either load up on caffeine before and make it an all-nighter…or set the alarm and get a strong pot percolating.

boxing-at-york-hall  Photo by:  Alex Morton/ Getty Images –  Danny Butler (left) lands a left on Gary Corcoran (right) during the WBO Intercontinental Junior Middleweight Championship fight between Gary Corcoran and Danny Butler at York Hall on March 25, 2016 in London, England.

Wembley’s super-welterweight star Gary Corcoran is at it again! Gary Corcoran defeated Bristol’s Danny Butler in his claim to the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Junior-Middleweight Championship.

According to Boxing News 24, before the fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, Gary Corcoran weighed at 153.3 lbs while Danny Butler hit the scales slightly lighter at 153.2 lbs. The fight took place on Friday, March 25.

Corcoran declared before the action-packed show at York Hall that he always “takes things one fight at a time.” He added that he expected a tough fight and has a lot of respect for Danny Butler. However, he knew that he could beat Butler comfortably.

According to Boxing News Online, for his ferocious fighting style, Gary Corcoran is known as the “Hell Raiser.” The super-welterweight starfighter has won against his first 14 opponents including six knockouts.

According to Gary Corcoran, he has taken a lot of confidence from winning in fights against unbeaten Rick Godding and Rick Skelton last year. Now, Corcoran kicked off 2016 by claiming another victory at York Hall on Friday night.

Gary Corcoran dominated large parts of the bout and was on the front foot from the off. With scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 100-89, the fighter was able to secure a unanimous decision win. In the opening round, Corcoran came flying out his corner. “Hell Raiser” lived up to his name, peppering Butler with jabs and hooks. In the explosive start, both fighters were able to stand and trade at will.

Throughout the opening rounds, all-action Gary Corcoran refused to step back and chased down Butler. Danny Butler landed some strong combinations of his own, but in the seventh round, the fight began to swing in Gary Corcoran’s favor. His impressive hand speed had Danny Butler in trouble. Throughout the seventh round, Butler was pinned up against the ropes and took a tumble out of the ring.

On his journey to a world title, the unbeaten 25-year-old boxer wants to win against as many rivals as possible. Now, he wants to take on British and Commonwealth Champion Liam Williams.

Wembley’s Gary Corcoran declared that there are a lot of exciting fights to be made since “the super-welterweight division is bursting with talent.” The planned fight with Liam Williams will be a massive one, but Corcoran added that he is confident that he could beat him.

Gary-Corcoran  All the results from the Gary Corcoran headlined bill at York Hall on March 25

Wembley’s Gary Corcoran beat Danny Butler to claim the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Junior-Middleweight Championship at York Hall last night. The natural-born scrapper was on the front foot from the off and dominated large parts of the bout; securing a unanimous decision win with scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 100-89.

‘Hell Raiser’ lived up to his name and came flying out his corner in the opening round, peppering Butler with hooks and jabs. Both men were happy to stand and trade at will; making for an explosive start to the evening’s bill-topper.

All-action Corcoran refused to take and step back and chased down Butler throughout the opening rounds. Butler gave as good as he got and landed some strong combinations of his own. The fight began to swing in Corcoran’s favour in the seventh round. Corcoran’s blistering hand speed had Butler in trouble, the Bristol man was pinned up against the ropes throughout the seventh and took a tumble out of the ring.

Red-hot Corcoran displayed is ferocious punching power and took his record to 15-0-0 KO’s 6 whilst picking up the first title of his professional career. After dealing with Butler the 25 year-old has now set his eyes on a showdown with British and Commonwealth Champion Liam Williams.