Crawford, a two-time world champion who is challenging for the WBO welterweight title, says Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton is trying to pressure Las Vegas referee Robert Byrd into allowing Horn to get away with foul tactics.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum commented on the fact that Saturday's Crawford-Horn fight can only be seen in the USA on the ESPN+ paid streaming service rather than ESPN TV.
"It's very hard because you had Teddy Atlas in the ears of all the Americans talking up Pacquiao [before the fight]", Horn told ESPN. Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, and Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), of DeSoto, Texas, both are generally regarded to be among the top 10 fighters, pound-for-pound, in the sport.
The punches one gets hurt with are the ones a fighter doesn't see coming, and Horn seems as if he'll be the most unconventional opponent Crawford has met. The night before he dethroned the very capable Linares, Lomachenko accepted the Sugar Ray Robinson Award as 2017's Fighter of the Year at the Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Ceremony in New York City.
"It's just people's opinions", Crawford responded when the matter was brought up, as he probably expected it would be. A lot of people are comparing how he pushed around Pacquiao but Pacquiao is 5-foot-5. It's a matter of personal preference, and it always fluctuates. "But like I said, if I have a vote, I vote for myself".
Many felt the Filipino boxing legend had done enough - particularly after a bruising ninth round that nearly saw the home favorite hit the canvas - yet it was Horn's name that was read out from the judges' cards.
"I'm planning on going out and shocking him and the rest of the world". "The money was right and it was the right time for this fight".
"I got an email from Brian McIntyre, who is Crawford's manager, and it says "we have never worn these before and we're not going to wear them for the fight and they're banned", Lonergan said. "I've got it my whole career and I still get it now. If another fighter had done what I did, he automatically would have been Fighter of the Year both those years".
Camera Icon Terence Crawford training in Las Vegas ahead of Sunday’s fight with Jeff
In his last major training session, Horn showed some of the slick moves he has developed to frustrate and trap Crawford.
"He's a determined fighter and has the will to win". The audience peaked at 4.4 million viewers, the most for boxing on cable TV in more than a decade.
He will also need to turn it into a brawl, which is something Crawford said he's more than prepared for. "The future is direct-to-consumer". ESPN+ will be delivering sports in abundance to fans now in the United States and eventually around the world. "Get used to it".
"I virtually demanded him not to stop the fight". That, however, might be another story for another day. Horn and his support crew have taken some verbal shots at the former lightweight and junior welterweight ruler that might be described as Down Under the belt.
"They're completely shocked and they start second-guessing themselves".
"Every single fight, of all the fights we've taken, the actual guy has watched me and thought, 'Oh, we're going to take this guy out pretty easily".
"I'm talking to the corner asking 'how long, how long, how long, how many seconds?'"
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