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The Hornet fails to sting in brave Vegas showing

Jeff Horn. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
Roar Rookie
10th June, 2018

Jeff Horn has suffered the first defeat of his professional boxing career.

The Aussie couldn’t compete with the phenomenal speed of the now-WBO welterweight champion of the world, Terrence ‘Bud’ Crawford.

The flurry of fists that Horn endured before the referee called time was something else. Crawford is one special fighter and not a bad bloke either, his southpaw stance proving too much for the former school teacher.

‘The Hornet’ was cut as early as the third round and he was out on his feet by the seventh, the fight finally being called in the ninth.

Despite his loss of the world championship, nobody can question Horn’s fearless determination and toughness, not even the Americans. To go nine rounds with possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is something to be proud of.

Horn is not done. He’ll have a well-earned break and most likely go back to the Australian boxing league and dominate the competition, building his way up the ranks again. In what weight division is yet to be seen, but I would not be surprised if he goes up a division into the light middleweight category.

But for now, a deserved payday and holiday for arguably the toughest man in Australian sport.