Horn defends title against Crawford

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

He weighed 146.6 pounds (66.45kg) and wasn't flustered at all with the bout to go ahead on Sunday (AEST) with gold on the line.

Terence Crawford, left, knocks Jeff Horn, of Australia, off his balance during their welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. "He did everything we expected him to do". Coming into this fight I was the challenger and I too much didn't like that, I wanted the title again.

"I know what everyone thinks". "I knew his [Horn] punches couldn't hurt me, I hit him with a right hook that really hurt him and I knew then it was just a matter of time".

"I think he could have gone on for another round or two and it would have been nice to see what would have happened with a bit more tiredness in Crawford."

"We're going to make up a plan and see where we go, but I assure you that we're looking for the biggest fights out there".

Add proven strength to that Crawford skillset, and you've got an impressive addition that might also be very a big reason for the best in the current welterweight division to stay away.

Terence Crawford after Vasyl Lomachenko became the world champion in three weight categories. Terence is a great fighter and wiped out the light welterweight division and that was a tough division.

Crawford suffered a hand injury in sparring, though, and their bout was postponed to Saturday night and moved to nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena.

America's Crawford, the former undisputed super lightweight world title holder, outclassed the Aussie who was defending the title he won in a huge upset of Manny Pacquiao in July of past year in Brisbane. He fought once since, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to retain his title. After struggling with the scale on Friday afternoon, Horn said it was Crawford's team continuing to play mind games with him. He stuck his tongue out and wound up with some punches as he nailed Horn with heavy shots from all angles, especially straight lefts, in what was easy work. After an even first couple of rounds - you might generously have split the points 10-10 in the second, but probably only if you were barracking for the Australian - Crawford was never in the slightest trouble.

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said the battle with the scales was just an annoyance rather than a drama.

He wants to be the Queenslander who took on world boxing's greatest mountain and conquered it. "I'm fine", he said. The fight was never close, as Crawford staggered Horn with a straight left hand from a southpaw stance nearly immediately, setting the tone for a night where Horn's toughness and courage would be commended but his ring skills wouldn't.

Crawford will use this momentum to fight the best in the division.

The Hornet tried to swarm Crawford in Round 6 but he was met with sharp repellant every time in the shape of the southpaw's deadly right jab and snapping left cross.

Though he never appeared frustrated, Horn couldn't find a rhythm against Crawford, who chuckled in the middle in the fourth, the same round he opened a small cut on Horn's left eyebrow.

Crawford went on a rampage in the eighth round, rocking Horn with the last punch just before the bell but had to wait to finish the job.

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