Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Crawford scores TKO over Horn, wins WBO welterweight title

Crawford scores TKO over Horn, wins WBO welterweight title

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), the mandatory challenger for Horn's title, is a former WBO lightweight and ex-IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC/WBO 140-pound champion. "Terence would just get that odd shot, just that little bit more". Jose Benavidez Jr., a Phoenix welterweight, who scored a dramatic first-round knockout on Saturday's undercard, sounds as if he still more than willing to face Carwford, who shook his shoulder and stuck his tongue out at a crowd of 8,112 seconds after referee Robert Byrd ended it. He could have a noteworthy weight advantage once their fight starts Saturday night, but Crawford has declined to speculate about how much weight he thinks he'll add by rehydrating between Friday's weigh-in and the opening bell.

Horn already has 2cm in height on Crawford and is expecting to be around 70kg by the time the bout begins.

Two undefeated welterweights meet Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, when Australian Jeff Horn defends his WBO crown against superstar Terence Crawford.

"I'm strong, y'all didn't believe me, I was way stronger than him", stated Crawford in the post-fight interview. These things happen. I could have kept him guessing more.

Crawford moved into a new weight category in the status of the absolute champion in the light Welterweight division. Maybe I was a bit predictable.

"That's by getting in without getting hit, bullying him around, doing what he done to (Manny) Pacquiao".

Crawford said he would wear the gloves despite suffering his own right hand injury in the lead up to the fight.

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. Even when he managed to land some hard shots in the sixth Crawford met him with big body shots and a sizzling uppercut and rather than be intimidated by Horn's superior size and strength he was able to throw him around into the ropes.

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FightNights.com had the fight a shutout for Crawford at the time of the stoppage.

"His future is unlimited. Now, I want all the champions at welterweight". "And that to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought that Leonard was the best".

Horn manhandled Pacquiao at times in their 12-rounder on his way to winning a controversial unanimous decision July 2 at Suncorp Stadium.

He defeated Julius Indongo last August to become the undisputed super lightweight world champion. Horn, who defeated Manny Pacquiao in July 2017 in a controversial win, lasted nine rounds against his opponent, getting heavily outmatched through majority.

Terence Crawford, left, and Jeff Horn, of Australia.

"Guys are overweight. Could have gone the same way for Crawford", he said.

Only a month ago the boxing world was convinced that Vasily Lomachenko was the best fighter in the world, the pound-for-pound king who would reign unrivaled as the best prizefighter in the world for years to come. According to betting site Vegas Insider, Crawford is a -800 favorite, while Horn is a +550 underdog.

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