Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford Will Take Place On June 9
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 26, 2018
The return of pound-for-pound superstar and former two-division champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs)has been pushed back to June 9. The Nebraska native was set to make his welterweight debut against Australia’s Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on April 14. An injury to Crawford’s right hand has postponed the bout. Along with the date of the fight being changed, the location has changed as well. Horn-Crawford will now be held at the MGM Grand instead of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Horn currently holds the WBO welterweight title that he won in a controversial bout against Manny Pacquiao last July. Many observers thought that the Filipino deserved the victory. However, Horn was able to back up the congressman throughout the fight making the bout dirty in spots. The Australian last fought in December against Englishman Gary Corcoran in Australia. Horn made a successful first defense of his title scoring an eleventh round stoppage. The fight was stopped due to a cut on Corcoran that forced the referee to put a halt to the bout. The 30-year old Horn may have found success by catching Pacquiao at the right time and defeating a fighter like Corcoran, but Crawford will be a different beast for Horn to try and tame.
Unlike Pacquiao, Crawford is in the prime of his career and stylistically will present problems for Horn. The Nebraska native has the rare ability to fight on equal terms in an orthodox or southpaw position. In his last bout this past August, Crawford joined middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins as the only man to hold all four major world titles (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO) in a weight class. Crawford stopped Namibia’s Julius Indongo in the third-round with a body shot to become the undisputed super lightweight (140) champion.
Horn on paper will be an underdog against Crawford with many looking forward not just to a victory from the Nebraska native but an outstanding performance as well. The Australian will hope to take advantage of the size difference between the two men, as he will be the biggest fighter Crawford has faced thus far. By the time the bell rings to signify the start of the bout, Crawford will have been out of the ring for ten months. Horn showed against Pacquiao that he has the heart to continue even when it looks like he is about to get stopped. The former schoolteacher and his team will likely look to jump on Crawford at the beginning of the fight to help their chances of victory.
Both men have taken to social media in a slight back and forth regarding the fight being pushed back. Crawford is known for having a mean streak and could be a factor in the fight if the former undisputed champion is looking to make a statement. Crawford-Horn will also be streamed on sports network ESPN new streaming service. Fans can view the postponement and Pacquiao dropping out of the card as a positive leaving Crawford-Horn off of pay-per-view.
On June 9, the welterweight division will welcome a new challenger to the throne. With a victory, Horn can prove that he is more than just a lucky fighter who got a gift decision against a fading legend. A victory for Crawford will louden the cries of fans who are anxious to see him against the other champions at welterweight such as Errol Spence Jr.
(Feature Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)