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CORCORAN'S CAMP ACCUSES HORN OF USING HEADBUTT, INTENDS TO REPEAT ROUND NINE OF PACQUIAO FIGHT


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Excessive foul play claims by the Gary Corcoran camp has ignited the tension of the match between Corcoran and Horn at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Speaking at the press conference at the BCEC, Corcoran?s trainer Frank Greaves accused the Brisbane boxer of using a head butt. Greaves produced the video showing samples from Horn?s previous bouts and has stated that his boxer will match fire with fire if Horn uses the same dirty tactics. The allegation is strongly denied by Horn's team, and they are confident of victory in their first title defense.

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"Let me start by saying I respect Jeff as a fighter... they don't give away world title belts for nothing," Greaves said. "But let's get one thing straight. He is dirty. There is absolutely no question that he's dirty. He's leading in with his head, he leaves his head in there all the time. I just want to draw attention to that fact."

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But Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton was quick to deny it. "Jeff doesn't headbutt," Rushton said. "What you're not factoring in is all the unknowns - someone moves their head this way just as he moves his head. You've got two explosive fighters in Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn, both very evasive and fast moving. Sometimes they both zig when one should have zagged - boom, there's a head clash."

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Gary Corcoran believes Jeff Horn is disturbed by the memory of the horrible ninth round when he was severely battered by Manny Pacquiao. The Briton intends to make the Aussie experience again that painful round on Wednesday night. Horn's clash with Corcoran in Brisbane will be his first since his WBO world welterweight title win over Pacquiao last July.

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"You'll see on the day. I've seen the pictures, him lying there with the ice on his head and all that. That ninth round where Jeff was, I'm going to bring him back there," threatened Corcoran. Horn reacted at those comments and said his ninth round against Pacquiao proved how tough he is as he survived and bounced back to win. "I thought I showed straight away that I came back from it and I won the next three rounds," Horn said.

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The former school teacher was pummelled so badly by Pacquiao in round nine that referee Mark Nelson nearly stopped the fight. A battered, bruised and bloodied Horn recovered and dominated the last three rounds. "I got into a real hole where I got hit, I got hurt and I was able to survive that whole round in that pain and come back and fight even stronger to the end. I'm expecting to use that improvement in this fight as well," promised Horn.

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Corcoran's team indicated Pacquiao was no longer at his prime when he fought Horn. "I'm not selling it short. I'm underlining the fact that they haven't beat the version of Manny Pacquiao that created the legend," trainer Frank Greaves said. "Listen, he's still a good fighter and I'm not discrediting Jeff. But the version of Pacquiao that beat Miguel Cotto ... let's have it right, he bashes Jeff, and probably does the same to Gary."

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Trainer Glenn Rushton added that he will only be satisfied with a Horn knockout victory to send a warning to the rest of the welterweight division throughout the world not to belittle the Australian champion. He also insisted he wants Horn to beat his othet main rivals Terence Crawford, Errol Spence and Keith Thurman before going up to a higher weight division.

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Miguel ?Mickey? Roman (58-12, 45 KOs) won by a ninth round TKO over four-time two-division world champion Orlando ?Siri? Salido (44-14-4, 31 KOs) in a 10-rounder junior lightweight bout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Salido connected with a solid right hand that dazed Roman for a while as he clinched to hold on. Roman pummelled him in round three and Salido was dropped with a one-two combination in the fourth and his lip was busted.

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In the fifth, sixth and seventh, Salido and Roman trade blows as they stood toe to toe gave the fans fearless exchanges. The action continues in the eighth as Roman floored Salido for the second time. Roman followed up with several pressure packed punches that sent Salido to the canvas for the third time and stopped him at 1:43 of the ninth round. Salido then announced he had retired after the fight.

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?As they say father time is undefeated,? said the 37-year-old Salido. ?All the wars I had caught up with me tonight. I am leaving the ring knowing that I gave the fans a great a fight that I can give them. I hope they enjoyed it. The mind and heart were there, but my body just was not responding. Roman, is a young fighter who gave his all and I was not able to keep up with him. I?m just an old fighter now."

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?I?ve beaten young fighters before, but this time it was a matter of age. Time takes its toll, and obviously I just couldn?t do it. This was my last fight. Thank you to all, to those who will remember me for all the great fights that I had, and to the people have followed me.? In 2014, Salido dealt Vasyl Lomachenko his only professional loss. Lomachenko was considered as one of the best amateur boxers in history and was trying to make history by winning a world title in his second fight.

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Lomachenko landed 164 punches out of 441 compared to 142 punches out of 645 for Salido. Two judges had it for Salido, 116?112 and 115?113, while the third had it for Lomachenko 115?113. Lomachenko stated he felt the decision was fair and admitted not following his corner's game plan, promising to learn from the experience and bounce back stronger. Many boxing analysts commented that the referee allowed Salido to hit a number of low blows. Salido came in overweight, losing his WBO featherweight title before the fight.

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In 2011, Salido fought undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in Puerto Rico. Lopez was a two-weight world champion, and had seven consecutive defenses and a flawless 30-0 record. In a huge upset, Salido scored an eighth round TKO over Lopez to win the WBO featherweight title. They had a rematch the following year with Salido winning again by a tenth round TKO.


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