SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 9, 2018 –Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) started his new collection of titles in his third division, winning the WBO title held by Jeff Horn (17-1-1, 11 KOs) of Australia in front of 8,112 fans in Las Vegas Saturday by ninth round TKO.
Crawford looked completely comfortable as a welterweight, even though Horn had put on significantly more muscle since he defeated Manny Pacquiao seven months ago. Horn has an awkward style not unlike a prime Tyson Fury, although he’s far more active. It took Crawford a few rounds to size Horn up. Once he did, Bud went to work – and Crawford is a man who really enjoys his work.
“Like I told you all, I was strong. You didn’t believe me, so I went in there and showed you,” said Crawford. “My physicality got stronger, we’re here now.”
Crawford began landing check hooks and straight punches from both sides, along with a nice scattering of body shots. By the third round, Horn had suffered his first cut, and by the sixth added another. His face began to swell from the damage being done by Crawford’s shots. Horn is a tough cookie and hung tough, but started visibly breathing through his mouth. Crawford remained cool and in control.
In the eighth round, Crawford scored with a vicious left hook halfway through the round, and poured on the offense trying to close the show, but Horn survived to come out for the ninth round. With the cards likely a shutout after eight rounds, Horn’s corner needed to give serious thought to pulling their man out of the ring rather than let him be hurt. But Horn wouldn’t want to lose his title that way.
Crawford could afford to be less cautious, since Horn’s punches no longer had much snap to them. Time for target practice, as Crawford landed at will, scoring a knockdown with 40 seconds left in the round. Crawford knew he could end it, and he did as referee Robert Byrd pulled Horn to safety at 2:33 of the ninth round. It was a sound decision to stop the fight.
“Y’all tried to compare me to Manny Pacquiao,” said Crawford. “You see what I just did to him. My coach wanted me to go right handed, I said, no, I’ll stay left handed, I got this.”
Horn called Crawford a very good boxer. “I knew he was going to be on the back foot countering. I thought I could beat him. He was strong, he didn’t seem like a smaller guy that’s for sure, so good on him.” Horn said he felt he could have continued in the fight.
“I was just slightly off balance on one of my feet, I wish I could have kept going, I know the referee has got my best interests at heart. My wife’s happy I’m sure.” Horn said he would go back to work in the gym and be back in action soon.
Who should Crawford face next?
Now that Crawford has his first welterweight title, he can take on the remaining titleholders in the division including Keith Thurman and Errol Spence, Jr. Crawford is more likely to get a little work against the likes of Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter. “I want the other champions, I want the big fights. Bob, let’s make it happen,” Crawford said to his promoter Bob Arum after the fight.
Seeing the Omaha native and Dallas natives mix it up in the heartland is a fight every American fan should be excited about. Spence is perhaps the only serious challenger in Crawford’s way in the welterweight division.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal is an award-winning boxing journalist covering the Sweet Science for Communities and for boxing fans worldwide. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. She is owner of the Falcon Valley Group based in San Diego, California. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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