What will be next for Jeff Horn after his fight with Terence Crawford?

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By Jason Andrews, Jason Andrews is a Roar Pro

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    The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Welterweight World Champion, Jeff Horn of Australia, will defend his title against number one contender and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Terence Crawford, next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9th.

    But what will be next for the Aussie champ after the fight? What if he wins? What if he loses?

    Though many say that Horn will lose to Crawford, I think he’ll win by a late stoppage – so here is a look at the possible outcomes for Horn should he triumph in victory or sour in defeat.

    If he wins:
    A Horn victory will certainly grab the world’s attention as it did when he defeated Manny Pacquiao last year, but this will cement his place as a real fighter. Many options will be in the cards, and a unification bout with one of the other champs is the way to go.

    Errol Spence Jr. – Current IBF champion

    Spence Jr. does have a fight coming up just a week after Horn’s fight but if victorious, a unification fight between the two could be in the works.

    To add the IBF crown to Horn’s WBO belt would be a stairway to being one of the greatest boxers Australia has seen for a generation and lead to bigger and more expensive fights for the Australian.

    Keith Thurman – Current WBA (Super) champion

    Despite Thurman just recently relinquishing the WBC title due to injury, he still stands as the WBA (Super) champion.

    Although it is expected that Thurman will fight the winner of the Porter versus García match (for the vacant WBC belt) in his return bout, there is a possibility that Horn’s victory over Crawford might interest the current WBA champ a little more.

    Manny Pacquiao rematch

    Pacquiao returns to the ring on July 15th to face Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBA (Regular) Welterweight title. If Manny can win, which many predict he will despite his year of inactivity, then a rematch with Horn will certainly have to be considered.

    Looking at Pacquiao’s career, there are only two men that he has not beaten while being a world champion – Floyd Mayweather and Jeff Horn. A Horn vs Pacquiao unification rematch bout would be a huge draw for boxing.

    Of course, there is the possibility that Horn will just take an easy title defence after Crawford against one of the top ten contenders in the WBO welterweight rankings. But with such as huge scalp in Crawford, it would be pointless to do so.

    Jeff Horn wins Boxing 2017

    (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

    If he loses:
    Fight Anthony Mundine

    If he loses, it’s certainly not the end of his career. He just turned 30 and is in the prime of his life (wish I was 30 again).

    We all know that fellow Aussie outspoken boxer Anthony Mundine (who ironically enough has young Tim Tszyu after him) has challenged Horn to a bout, preparing to put up two million dollars as a payday.

    Horn’s camps took the offer under serious consideration. However, with the mandatory defence of Crawford and being paid more than twice the money to fight Crawford, Mundine has to play the waiting game.

    This would be any easy rebound fight for Horn as he would most likely step up to either 157 or 160 pounds (middleweight) to fight Mundine. At 42 years old, Mundine can no longer get down to 154 for health reasons.

    It would also be a good opportunity for Horn to abandon the 147-pound welterweight division as he has to cut too much weight before a fight.

    Move up in weight class

    It’s well known that Horn has to lose up to 20 pounds to make the weight at 147 pounds – and last fight, he came in at 16 grams under the weight limit.

    At 30 years old, he can no longer keep this up safely. He would probably be better off going to the 154-pound (super-welterweight) division.

    Jaime Munguia is the new WBO Super-welterweight champ, as he has just won the title over the weekend, defeating Sadam Ali and will be looking for his first defence in the coming months.

    This could work out perfectly for Horn. The rules of the WBO state a champion that moves up from a division to another can automatically obtain a title shot at the current champ.

    The new 154-pound king could have Horn as his first title defence. If this happens and he wins, the Aussie could be the next duel division champ that his country has. It is certainly a bit of a long shot, but a possibility.

    So the options will be open for Horn win or lose – so let’s bring on June 9th.

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • Roar Guru

      May 17th 2018 @ 4:58am
      BigJ said | May 17th 2018 @ 4:58am | ! Report

      Interesting article, you have certainly thought out plenty of hypocritical possibilities there mate.

      Actually it’s nice to see that somebody has taken the time to have a plan to what if Horn actually wins the fight, and not just throw the “he will just fight Mundine for 2 million” scenario at us. Although you did forget one possibility, a rematch with Crawford. Horns camp would be crazy not to include a rematch clause in the contract. Horn”s the champ so it’s he right to have a rematch clause in the contract. With ufc 225 on the same day, June 9 is going to be a very interesting day for Aussie sport

    • Roar Guru

      May 17th 2018 @ 9:29am
      BigJ said | May 17th 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Sorry that’s hypothetical

      • May 17th 2018 @ 11:35am
        Onside said | May 17th 2018 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Big J, I think you mean, typo-thetical

        • Roar Guru

          May 17th 2018 @ 12:17pm
          BigJ said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

          Well done onside, 👍🏿 well done!

    • Roar Pro

      May 17th 2018 @ 12:15pm
      Jason Andrews said | May 17th 2018 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

      Ha ha very funny, he got you there BigJ. In all serious though I did not even consider the possibility of a rematch, of course what champ would go into that kind of bout what the stats against him so badly and not have one. Pacquiao to my knowledge still can evoke his right to a rematch for the WBO title if he wants. So come August we may have a Crawford v Pacquaio or Horn v Pacquiao rematch on our hands before years end

    • May 18th 2018 @ 4:12am
      Rabbits said | May 18th 2018 @ 4:12am | ! Report

      Crawford is in another class. He will crush Horn via a mid to late rounds stoppage. Horn beat a faded Pacquiao and people are thinking he’s got what it takes to be an elite level fighter. Short answer is: Hell no.

    • Roar Pro

      May 18th 2018 @ 9:00am
      Jason Andrews said | May 18th 2018 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      guess we’ll see come june 10.

    • June 2nd 2018 @ 4:37pm
      john said | June 2nd 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

      Mundine is too old, should retire, and many don,t like him, including me.It would be a downgrade for Horn to fight mundine.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 6th 2018 @ 12:01pm
        Austin Jones said | June 6th 2018 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

        I think that is a fair comment John, but boxing is a strange game, plenty of fights that should not of have did, off the top of my head, Ali v Holmes, Ali v Burbick, Mundine v Ellis and Fenech v Nelson 3 (well you could argue the point that none of those fights should of happened, the first Fenech gets robbed, the second, Fenech gets KO and the third judt pointless)

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