Horn defends title against Crawford

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

Was that anything of a surprise ahead of tomorrow's Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford fight?

It never got easier for Horn as Crawford continued his beatdown, especially in the eighth round when he landed a flurry of punches and in the ninth round, ended the bout when the referee called for the stop before Crawford could continue the onslaught.

In Round 9 Crawford finished the job, winning his third world title.

When he came back to the scales he was right on the money - 147 pounds - and then lobbed a grenade at Top Rank, who promote Crawford and have a co-promotional deal with Horn that expires after this fight. "He did everything we expected him to do". I thought I was under before we got here. I didn't do things I was meant to do in there and felt slightly off in the ring tonight.

"I think they think I'm a bit mentally weaker than I actually am".

"I feel like I'm getting better and better, feel like I'm stronger, more energised, I feel like this is a great division for me". You know, y'all kept telling me how strong he was, but y'all didn't give me enough credit.

"I want the other champions".

With the win, Crawford now adds a welterweight world title to his impressive resume, becoming the latest boxer to win a world title in three different weight classes, after becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion in 2017 and becoming a lightweight world champion prior to that. Midway through the fight, Crawford was smirking at Horn's corner and poking his tongue out.

The 30-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, improved to 11-0 (eight knockouts) in world title fights, the most wins by an active American fighter.

Crawford, already a victor of world titles in two weight classes, aimed to make a big impression in his first fight in the talent-rich 147-pound division that several of the sport's best call home, and he did so by utterly dominating Jeff Horn.

Horn's size and strength were important components to his upset of Manny Pacquiao 11 months ago in Horn's hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

CompuBox statistics also painted a picture of total domination, with Crawford landing 155 shots to just 58 from Horn.

Horn's defence was just too porous. Crawford's previous 10 opponents landed 7 per round. "If it's an error from the Horn camp, it's not a good error", Fenech said. Errol Spence Jr. is another great, young fighter and a match between he and Crawford would be the unfortunately rare battle of two great, undefeated fighters in their prime.

"When you're away from home, you have to win your rounds more clearly".

"I told you I was strong", Crawford said.

Horn is 30 and not likely to get much better - although he might get a bit smarter.

"But he's got to do it better than what he done to Pacquiao".

Horn expects his cut-man Stephen Edwards to be working overtime as the thinly-padded gloves cause more cuts and abrasions than the more popular gloves with foam padding. Such a fight would have no global cachet so perhaps Arum's stable is still his best bet.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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