A champion at lightweight and a unified king at light welterweight, there are a number of enticing options out there for Crawford at 147 pounds. "Terence would just get that odd shot, just that little bit more". The first knockdown of the fight symbolized a culmination of sublime skill and steady poise and determination which finally broke the will of the larger champion Horn. 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. Crawford was nearly impossible to hit at times despite all the work Horn had done on his footwork in preparation.
"Definitely. I should have worked harder in that fight, upset him a bit more".
Horn, the former Brisbane schoolteacher who past year stunned Manny Pacquiao, initially weighed in just over the 147-pount threshold.
After dropping Horn in the last 50 seconds of the round, referee Robert Byrd called a halt to proceedings with 23 seconds remaining to confirm Crawford as a three-weight king.
By the third round, Crawford had landed 17 power punches on the welterweight champ, and unofficially was up 3-0 going into the fourth round, per the ESPN+ broadcast.
"But he's got to do it better than what he done to Pacquiao". Both fighters were a little stiff and there was a lot of holding and wrestling early on.
The sixth round was as close to a winning round that Horn would see, but Crawford continued to serve a shutout by blocking punches and countering with stinging jabs to the face. He was badly staggered at the end of the round as Crawford cut loose and appeared to be on the verge of going down. "The future is unlimited". As a pro, every one of my fighters, I take them and check the official scales and make sure because all scales are different. "He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard and that is a great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best", gushed Arum.
The fight is significant for one other thing - it marks the first attempt to get boxing fans to buy ESPN's new $4.99 a month app so they can watch the bout from the MGM Grand Garden.
The following April, Crawford moved up to junior welterweight to capture the WBO title by stopping Thomas Dulorme in Texas. With the win, it opened the door for Pedraza to challenge WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran in August. I believe I'd do well with any fighter in the welterweight division.
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09: Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford battle in the fifth round. Okay, well maybe to some extent he was expected to, given the fact that many regarded Australia's Jeff Horn as a "paper champion" as a result of his hotly disputed decision over Manny Pacquiao last summer, but to dominate the Aussie to this extent is indubitably impressive for any fighter. Tonight, Terence Crawford challenged that narrative in being completely unchallenged byJeff Horn.
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