Jeff Horn vs. Terence Crawford l Main Card Prediction, Preview and News

Jeff Horn will be defending his WBO welterweight against Terence Crawford in Las Vegas. Here is our fight preview and predictions for the main event on this stacked fight card.

 

Fight Preview

Crawford vs. Horn is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bookmakers have earmarked home fighter Crawford has as a sizeable favourite over the Australian title-holder, and for good reason.

“The Hornet” may have brushed aside doubts of his calibre by snatching Pacquio’s belt and then defending it against Corcoran, but in taking on undefeated Crawford who earned ESPN’s fighter of the year award, it is his most dangerous yet.

Crawford (32-0-0) is considered a P4P cntender in this golden age of boxing. He can box from both the traditional and soutpaw stance, and carries serious power in his fists, hence the 72% KO ratio. “Bud” has never been stopped in his pro career to date.

 

“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 (June 10 AEST) and win the WBO welterweight championship,” Crawford told ESPN.

“Jeff Horn and his team better be ready, because they are going to see a bigger, stronger and more powerful Terence Crawford. I am going home with that belt.”

 

Horn (18-0-1) has KO’s 61% of his opponents during his run of wins in native Australia. He has had significantly fewer tests at this level during his 19-fight career and perhaps caught some luck in beating an ageing celebrity in Pacquiao.

Bob Arum highlighted Horn’s chances against the favourite: “If you talk about boxing skills, there’s no question they belong to Crawford. All I know is that it will be a good, hard fought competitive match. The winner of this fight will be considered the big superstar of the welterweight division.”

 

Jeff Horn Fight Record and Form

The fight that put Jeff Horn of the map was his 2017 duel with boxing veteran Manny Pacquiao. The fight went the full distance and Horn took a unanimous decision, although many fans and critics alike, including ringside commentator Teddy Atlas, labelled the win as a ludicrous decision. Horn called out Mayweather Jr in his post-fight conference, which failed to materialise.

Horn has defended his title once already, in Dece,ber of 2017 when he stopped Englishman Gary Corcoran in the late rounds. Prior to these monumental bouts the Brisbane-born fighter has racked p wins over domestic fighters in Australia and New Zealand at welterweight. It’s worth noting that the upcoming fight against Crawford will be the first time he has boxed on foreign soil.

 

Result

Opponent

Type

Date

Location

W Gary Corcoran* TKO 13/12/17 Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
W Manny Pacquiao* UD 02/07/17 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
W Ali Funeka TKO 10/12/16 Spark Arena, Auckland
W Rico Mueller TKO 21/10/16 Sleeman Sports Complex – Theatre, Chandler
W Randall Bailey RTD 27/04/16 Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

 

Terence Crawford Fight Record and Form

“Bud” Crawford has been out of action since August 2017 when be made history by becoming the only man to hold all four super-lightweight titles in the history of boxing. In beating Julius Indongo he retained his WBC and WBO titles and captured the WBA and IBF titles. Crawford soon relinquished all four belts in favour of moving up in weight.

Prior to this record-breaking event the American fought once in 2017 and three times in 2016, in all of which he successfully defending his to welterweight belts. Other than Ukrainian Viktor Postol who took him the distance, he has ended his five most recent fights in devastating fashion; stopping respected fighters like John Molina, Felix Diaz and Henry Lundy.

 

Result

Opponent

Type

Date

Location

Win Namibia Julius Indongo KO Aug 19, 2017 United States Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Win Dominican Republic Félix Díaz RTD May 20, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
Win United States John Molina Jr. TKO Dec 10, 2016 United States CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Win Ukraine Viktor Postol UD Jul 23, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Win United States Hank Lundy TKO Feb 27, 2016 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

 

Fight Prediction: Crawford to win via KO/TKO

The bookmakers called this one early. Crawford takes the win with ease which is likely to comes va an early stoppage. Horn will leave too many gaps in his defence and moving forward with stiff, linear footwork will have him chasing air for as long as he is able to stay in the fight. Once Crawford hits his stride and begins putting combos together, it’s lights out for the Australian.

 

Full Card for Jeff Horn vs. Terence Crawford

  • Jose Pedraza vs. Antonio Moran, 10 rounds, lightweights
  • Jose Benavidez vs. Frank Rojas, 10 rounds, welterweights
  • Maxim Dadashev vs. Darleys Perez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
  • Shakur Stevenson vs. Aelio Mesquia, 8 rounds, featherweights
  • Steve Nelson vs. Dashon Webster, 6 rounds, light heavyweights
  • Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Jorge Rojas, 6 rounds, featherweights
  • David Kaminsky vs. Trevor Lavin, 6 rounds, junior middleweights

 

Other high profile fights scheduled on this night are Charlo vs. Trout and Fury vs. Sefer. For more schedules fight news and updates, follow our boxing previews and boxing predictions

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