Horn primed for blockbuster Crawford bout after defending title

By Vince Rugari, Vince Rugari is a Roar Guru

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    Bob Arum believes Jeff Horn stands a genuine chance of upsetting Terence Crawford after he set up a blockbuster fight with the unbeaten American in Las Vegas next year.

    Horn retained his WBO welterweight championship with an 11th-round stoppage in his voluntary defence against feisty Englishman Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night in Brisbane.

    It was a willing battle but Corcoran’s corner threw in the towel as Horn zeroed in on a deep cut near the challenger’s left eye halfway through the penultimate round.

    It cements Horn’s position among boxing’s elite and means he will now go toe-to-toe with Crawford, arguably the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer and the mandatory challenger to his WBO belt.

    Arum’s Top Rank promotions have already booked the largest venue in Las Vegas, the T-Mobile Arena, for a date in April and Arum hinted an announcement would be imminent.

    Crawford, 30, has moved up to the 66.68kg welterweight division after unifying the four light welterweight titles.

    But it represents a climb of nearly 5.5kg in the space three years for the Nebraska native, who fought at lightweight as recently as 2014 and that, according to Arum, presents Horn with a sliver of an opportunity.

    “Terence Crawford is one of the best fighters around,” Arum said.

    “(But) anybody that says that because of Terence’s skill set that Jeff doesn’t have a chance is crazy.

    “This is going to be a very, very competitive fight. As far as skill is concerned, I would favour Crawford.

    “But as far as strength and size are concerned, you have to go with Jeff.”

    Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton, who masterminded his famous victory over Manny Pacquiao, says it can be done.

    “Crawford is beatable,” he said.

    “He has weaknesses that we can exploit.

    “He may be slapping around the lightweights and the super lightweights but the welterweights are bigger boys, they’re tougher.

    “We must execute a plan with military precision if we’re going to beat him.”

    Corcoran’s co-trainer Frank Greaves said Crawford was a “different animal” but one that Horn could potentially tame.

    “The guy’s got sublime skills,” Greaves said.

    “For me, Jeff is going to have to work on his outside game a hell of a lot more to get close enough to Crawford.

    “Crawford is a very good fighter. The unknown in there, is Crawford a very good welterweight? That we don’t know.

    “Genuinely, we wish him all the best. Jeff’s on that level.”

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      December 14th 2017 @ 11:29pm
      BigJ said | December 14th 2017 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

      Firstly I would hardly consider Jeff Horn a boxing elite just yet, he has made a career of being older past thier prime champions (Pacquaio, funkea, Bailey) and was chall

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      December 14th 2017 @ 11:40pm
      BigJ said | December 14th 2017 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

      Firstly I would hardly consider Jeff Horn a boxing elite just yet, he has made a career of being older past thier prime champions (Pacquaio, funkea, Bailey) and was challenged to the limit by a ten ranked contender. I would of liked to see what third ranked Bradley Skeete who Horn dodged for this fight would of done to him. Interesting! Now back to Crawford. Crawford has never fought in the Welterweight division and it’s a whole other ball game. Guys that are taller have longer reaches and can be up to 75 kg by the time they hit the ring. Horn would of been easily 72 kg last night and Crawford walks around at 65kg. I think that Horn would just bully him the same as he did to Pacquaio. Look forward to April

    • December 15th 2017 @ 12:32pm
      me too said | December 15th 2017 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

      i would think after last week there is no doubt Lomachenko is, and has been for some time, the best pound for pound boxer in the world. The guy is on another level.

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