Terence Crawford dominates Jeff Horn to win the WBO Welterweight Championship
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: June 10, 2018
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – The debate as to who is the best fighter in the world pound-for-pound will continue after now three-division world champion Terence Crawford’s (33-0, 24 KOs) performance against Australia’s Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs). Going into the match, Crawford was considered a heavy favorite with not many fans or pundits giving Horn much of a chance to come out with a victory. The only advantage many felt Horn had heading into the bout was his size and strength as the natural welterweight.
From the first round, it is evident that Crawford was not the smaller man and every bit as strong as Horn. In each round, Crawford laid the foundation for what was to come later on in the bout. In each round, Crawford landed hard body shots while timing Horn who implemented an ambush style of attack by randomly attacking Crawford with power punches that landed sparingly. The Omaha native was able to beautifully time Horn with left hands and right hands throughout the fight.
By the fifth round, Crawford was the bully in the fight putting immense pressure on the Australian fighter. The ending seemed inevitable with Horn needing to be saved from himself. Horn deserves credit for never showing any signs of quitting, as he was being outclassed and punished by Crawford. The eighth round was particularly brutal as sharp well-timed counters backed up Horn leaving him on the verge of getting stopped. The end came in the ninth round with Crawford finally scoring a knockdown. Horn was able to rise from the knockdown but was soon sent back to the ropes with referee Robert Byrd stepping in to put the bout to a halt. The bout was stopped at the 2:33 mark of the ninth round.
With the victory, Crawford is now one of the top fighters in an already loaded welterweight division. The Omaha native now holds the WBO welterweight championship. Future bouts with fighters such as Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Keith Thurman would be some of the best fights that can be made in the sport. Crawford’s performance over Horn will make him the favorite against a majority at welterweight. By the end of the year, fans will hope to see Crawford test himself against the elite in the division.
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