Jeff Horn. Picture: SUPPLIED
Jeff Horn. Picture: SUPPLIED

Australian Jeff Horn retained his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title with an 11th round technical knockout 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, finished strongly to force the decision. It took Horn’s career record to 18 wins, 12 by knockout with one draw.

Referee Benjy Esteves Junior stopped 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 at the ringside on Wednesday with a potential fight between the two in 2018. Horn, who reached the quarterfinals of the light-welterweight division at the 2012 Olympic Games, has not lost a professional bout.

Corcoran slugged it out with Horn until the middle rounds of the scheduled 12 rounds, but the Australian’s superior stamina won him the closing rounds.

Tyson Fury could have his boxing licence reinstated when the British Boxing Board of Control meets in January, a move that would allow the controversial British fighter to make a dramatic return to the ring.

UK Anti-Doping has cleared the 29-year-old former world heavyweight champion to return, after an absence of more than two years, following his acceptance of a backdated two-year ban over a positive test for a banned steroid.

Fury, who has denied any wrongdoing, has spoken of his desire to "reclaim the world titles which are rightfully mine" but can only box again with the permission of the board.

Fury, who has not fought since his shock win against Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion, said that he was looking forward to getting back into the ring.

"I’m a fighting man through and through and I’ve never backed down from anyone in my life and I was certainly not going to back down from fighting this dispute," he said.