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Horn retains WBO welterweight title with TKO win over Corcoran

Brisbane, Australia: Australian Jeff Horn retained his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title with an 11th round TKO win over English challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Horn, in his first title defence since he upset Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane in July this year, finished strongly to force the decision.

It took Horn's career record to 18 wins, 12 by KO with one draw.

Referee Benjy Esteves Junior stepped in to stop the fight after the ring-side doctor had inspected Corcoran's bloodied face.

Horn is now in line to face the undefeated American Terence Crawford (32 wins in 32 fights) in Las Vegas in April.

Asked about Crawford, Horn said: "It's a big possibility. If that is what everyone wants to see, I guess that is what is going to happen."

British boxer Amir Khan is another who has designs on Horn's world title belt and was ringside on Wednesday with a potential fight between the two next year.

Horn, who reached the quarter-finals of the light-welterweight division at the 2012 Olympic Games, has never lost a professional bout.

Corcoran slugged it out with Horn up until the middle rounds of the scheduled 12 rounds, but the Australian's superior stamina won him the closing rounds leading to the fight's stoppage.

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