Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Crawford and Horn Prepare for Las Vegas Showdown

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2018

"Definitely [I would fight the other champions]".

Australian welterweight champion Jeff Horn is hopeful he can silence his critics once and for all when he travels to Las Vegas and attempts his second title defense against the undefeated Terence Crawford. Crawford is a 7-1 favorite in the scheduled 12-round fight, which will be for a version of the 147-pound title that Horn won against Pacquiao in Australia last July. "Now I'm fighting in a massive fight in Las Vegas inside with all those lights and it feels like any other fight", Horn said.

But although Crawford's high regard for his own abilities is shared by more than a few knowledgable observers who also consider him the top pound-for-pound guy, the person he would most like to convince remains his own promoter, Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum.

The Horn-Crawford fight will be the main event of an eight-bout card Saturday. "We were always thinking we'd go to America anyway and have a fight, so why not now?"

Playing set-up man to Lomachenko apparently does not set particularly well with Crawford, who met with three invited members of the media - a fourth arrived a bit later - in a midtown Manhattan hotel suite the day before his primary rival for king of the hill took on Linares.

But according to McIntyre, it's only a matter of time until Crawford's name is everywhere.

"It's just people's opinions", Crawford responded when the matter was brought up, as he probably expected it would be.

"I recognize myself as the best".

Rushton is a big believer in Wolff's law - that bones grow stronger under heavy loads - and he says Horn's heavy fists, with just the thin horse hair padding over the knuckles, will be dynamite on Sunday.

Terence Crawford training in Las Vegas ahead of Sunday’s fight with Jeff Horn
Camera Icon Terence Crawford training in Las Vegas ahead of Sunday’s fight with Jeff

"He's nothing that I haven't faced before in the ring", Crawford said.

Note: ESPN+ has already presented feeds from a few global boxing events, but Crawford-Horn is the first major US fight on the service. I just can't wait to get out there and show my worth to him.

"It's fight week. It's time to have fun in the ring".

"I thought 'good, I've fought off the referee'".

"I just try to get the victory. If another fighter had done what I did, he automatically would have been Fighter of the Year both those years".

Outside of the unlikely chance that Horn's size becomes a problem and Crawford somehow doesn't carry his punching power up to a new division, it's incredibly hard to concoct a scenario in which anything Horn can do will slow Crawford down. He's coming in hungry and determined, and that makes for a good fight. The audience peaked at 4.4 million viewers, the most for boxing on cable TV in more than a decade.

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton admits Team Hornet would rather wear foam-based gloves but he is more than confident the former school teacher can hand Crawford his first professional defeat.

"Then I turned to Jeff and said 'you need to listen to me, we've trained for a big finish, get back to the plan". "The future is ESPN+, where I believe in the next 10 to 20 years everyone will be watching their entertainment on direct to consumer platforms". ESPN+ will be delivering sports in abundance to fans now in the United States and eventually around the world.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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