UK challenger accuses Horn of headbutting

After sensationally accusing Jeff Horn of headbutting Manny Pacquiao, English challenger Gary Corcoran claimed he would get more of the same from the Australian in next week's WBO welterweight world title fight in Brisbane.

British challenger Gary Corcoran (r) has accused Jeff Horn of headbutting Manny Pacquiao.

British challenger Gary Corcoran (r) has accused Jeff Horn of headbutting Manny Pacquiao.

Corcoran, 27, said Horn was known for leading with his head and joked that he would bite the defending champion when the Australian attempted to butt him on Wednesday night.

"It's the way he fights. I am expecting it," said Corcoran (17-1 win-loss record).

"I have been headbutted before so it doesn't bother me, but Jeff is known for using his head.

"I am used to it."

Corcoran baulked when asked if Horn was a "dirty" fighter but claimed the proof was there for all to see in the Australian's shock triumph over 11-time world champion Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in June.

"Pacquiao didn't get dirty," he said.

"The head is going to come in a lot fighting a southpaw (Pacquiao) - but it's the way he fights, don't know if he is dirty or not.

"You'll see how the two of us fight if it is clean or not."

Asked if he would air his headbutt concerns with officials before the fight, Corcoran laughed: "I'll bite him (if he does headbutt) - let's get on with it.

"He is good at it (leading with head) to a certain point but he hasn't fought anyone as big or young as me.

"I have fought bigger boys than Jeff, bullied them - if I want to bully him, I will."

Corcoran trainer Peter Stanley seemed bemused by reports Horn's camp had big money future fights in the pipeline including a title defence against undefeated American Terence Crawford in April and possible bouts with ex-world champ Amir Khan and Anthony Mundine.

"I am really pleased for them that they can make their five or seven year plans but we hope to end it on Wednesday night," he said.

"Jeff Horn is a world champ. He beat Manny Pacquiao as I keep getting rammed down my throat 50 times.

"But he's picked us for this fight. He had a choice - you want a fight, we will give you a fight that I can assure you."

Wembley-based Corcoran was finalising training after arriving in Australia three weeks ago.

"He's relaxed. He's calm - that's when he is dangerous," Stanley said of his charge.

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