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Horn Talks Being Champion & Underdog

10 June 2018

"He doesn't just have to rely on will, he's a very confident and skillful boxer", Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said.

For as cool and calm as he typically carries himself, unbeaten Terence Crawford came out of his shell just enough during Thursday's final news conference, hammering home his final point with an extra amount of virility while staring across from WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.

Horn admits the use of the horsehair gloves will make the fight more "dangerous" but he isn't bothered by the Crawford camp's latest attempt to "shake us up".

Now Horn, who is making his second title defense, is aiming for what would be another monumental upset.

Still Horn reckons that even with a bout of food poisoning the 60-year-old would have no trouble dealing with the trainer of Terence Crawford, Horn's opponent in their world welterweight title fight on Sunday.

When Crawford was told that Rushton was adamant that "Jeff doesn't headbutt" Crawford said: "Well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the tactics that he uses in the ring, but that's his word on how his fighter fights in the ring". I don't want to be staring at him all day.

The goal of the gathering was for the reporters to speak to Crawford about his upcoming fight with Horn a month later, but, not surprisingly, some of the questions focused on the matter of which fighter has the more compelling case for recognition as Mr. Lb-4-Lb.

"But it's how highly people rank and look at Crawford".

But according to McIntyre, it's only a matter of time until Crawford's name is everywhere.

Crawford's immediate response about how he, as arguably the pound-for-pound best boxer in the sport, is simply another challenge altogether than the faded Filipino legend seemed to echo the opinion of most, which includes everyone from Vegas oddsmakers to the American media.

McIntyre predicted it would be the start of a "takeover" in the welterweight division by the unbeaten Crawford, who is stepping up to the 66.67kg limit after winning titles in two lower weight classes - including all four junior welterweight belts.

Jeff Horn in Las Vegas sporting a Queensland State of Origin jersey
Jeff Horn in Las Vegas sporting a Queensland State of Origin jersey

"I'm ready to go", Horn said.

"He fights to win so you've got to tip your hat off to a guy that's willing to do any and everything to win".

"He's viewing me as a small welterweight but I'm prepared for whatever he brings". "Look, I had it with Pacquiao, I guess".

"I see it getting much bigger after this and with the push of ESPN and Top Rank, it's going to get much bigger".

Joe Santoliquito, the current president of the BWAA, suggested that Crawford, indisputably the finest boxer to come out of Omaha, Neb., and arguably in the top three in any sport along with baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Rodgers, has not been lacking for recognition, having received the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year Award from the writers' organization in 2014.

Terence Crawford trains in Las Vegas. "I'm looking forward to putting on a great show come Saturday night". I have all the confidence in the world in Terence.

Rushton, a cross between Chuck Norris and Anthony Robbins, taught Horn to throw his first proper punch 12 years ago but was floored by a cruel crustacean in a local restaurant on Sunday. "He showed that against Manny Pacquiao".

"I'm surprised I'm as big of an underdog as I am for the fight", Horn said. "I'm not surprised that I am the underdog". He's a great fighter. He's pound-for-pound. He wiped out the [junior welterweight] division, and that's a tough division as well.

"I don't know", he said with a laugh.

"I can't wait to get in there and prove the doubters wrong". I've heard I'm a fraud. "I'm just there to prove everyone wrong".

Horn Talks Being Champion & Underdog