WBO Welterweight Championship: Jeff Horn v Terrence Crawford
This Sunday at MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Australia’s own Jeff “The Hornett” Horn is set for the 2nd defence of his WBO Welterweight Title against his biggest challenge to date. Number 2 P2P ranked fighter Terrence “Bud” Crawford. The American who holds a perfect 32-0 record and is moving up a weight class in an attempt to become one of a select few men to win belts in 3 separate divisions. He is the current WBC, IBF, WBA and former WBO (vacated) light welterweight (140 pound) champion and is challenging horn at Welterweight (147 pounds) for the first time in his career. The Wolf previews both men.
Jeff “The Hornett” Horn (WBO Champion)
The new face of Australian boxing has taken fight fans by storm, with his calm demeanour and devastating in-ring fight style. The former Brisbane school teacher who boasts an unbeaten record of 19-0-1, looks to continue his rise and come Sunday will be competing outside of AUS/NZ waters for the first time in his career. History has shown the International leap outside of Australia for many of our top boxers, be to large of a hurdle to overcome but the fight style and size of Horn can cause many welterweights problems. The Wolf doesn’t view him as a $5 outsiders chance in this one.
They say you’re only as good as your last outing and as of late Horn has been exceptional. His two title fights the first being a major upset of Manny Pacquiao and his domination of Gary Corcoran showed fight fans what Horn is all about. Horn puts it all on the line each and every time he competes, he uses his size advantage well and constantly moves forward towards his opponents not giving them a chance to rest and likes to wear them down and look for the finish later in the fight. Which is exactly what he did in his last bout against Corcoran. Horn must fight with this intensity if he is to have a shot against Crawford, he needs to put the pressure on Crawford early, letting the smaller man know he is in for a fight.
Terrence “Bud” Crawford
Terrence “Bud” Crawford who is coming into this bout a heavy $1.18 favourite, is expected by many to walk through Horn and continue his rise as one of the best boxers on the planet. As previously mentioned, Terrence holds a perfect professional record of 32-0 (23 KO) he has made easy work of nearly all his previous opponents. None more so then in his last bout against Julius Indongo, Crawford dominated the former unified champion in quick fashion, KOing him devastatingly in the 3rd round. If you have not seen that check it out online.
Crawford doesn’t just posses knockout power but fantastic timing and speed which he will surely look to utilise against Horn. Crawford should play a defensive role in the first 3 or 4 rounds, as he will feel out his bigger opponent and look to wear down Horn and finish him later in the fight.
Aussie fans know the tenacity at which Horn fights and if Crawford comes in over-looking the aussie, fight fans could be in for a shock similar to that witnessed when Danny Green KO’d Roy Jones Jr. The American should fight with intelligence and pick apart Horn to a cruisy Unanimous Decision victory, but there will be some edge of your seat moments and if Horn stays in it, he does have a serious chance at an upset.
The Wolf is picking Crawford in this one with the fight to go the distance. Win or loss, Horn’s stocks should rise after this bout and hopefully the fans see more of him on the International stage. There could be some value in taking Horn to win by KO at the big price.