Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Jeff Horn ready to conquer toughest mountain

Jeff Horn ready to conquer toughest mountain

Crawford is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world and joins Errol Spence and Keith Thurman as a 147-pound titleholder. "Terence would just get that odd shot, just that little bit more". Early on, he tagged Horn as the champion tried to charge his way in.

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Crawford, a traditional right-hander who fought southpaw most of the bout, dominated from the start, using both hands to pepper Horn throughout.

Terence Crawford defeated Jeff Horn by TKO on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take the belt from the reigning champion Saturday night.

"Crawford said that's a nice looking belt, and I said "yes it is", Horn said.

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"I am going to be stronger". So you wouldn 't blame him for giving serious consideration to the pros and cons of taking the money, and his health, and living happily ever after, knowing that Australian sports fans will always have a soft spot for the story of the determined kid who got sick of being bullied at school and chose to learn to fight back and went all the way to the top of the world.

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.

"But he's got to do it better than what he done to Pacquiao".

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.

"There's a lot of things he's got to do and do right in this fight". "Obviously the scales are a bit tricky - oh well, I've only got half a pound to lose". Such a fight would have no global cachet so perhaps Arum's stable is still his best bet. "It's the highest praise I can give a fighter, a welterweight, that he reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard", said Arum, who promoted several Leonard fights. While Crawford seemed ambitious in the post-fight interview to step in with the best 147 pounders in the world, he would be wise to consider fighting the victor of Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter prior to going up against a puncher like Spence, JR.

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"His future is unlimited". "And that to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought that Leonard was the best".

America's Crawford, the former undisputed super lightweight world title holder, outclassed the Aussie who was defending the title he won in a huge upset of Manny Pacquiao in July of a year ago in Brisbane.

In a fight for a mandatory shot at the World Boxing Association's welterweight title, Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs) landed a long right to the head, a left to the body and then another right to the head.

Terence Crawford, left, and Jeff Horn, of Australia.

In the fifth round, Crawford was laughing, smiling, sticking his tongue out at Horn, who had no answer to his puzzle. According to betting site Vegas Insider, Crawford is a -800 favorite, while Horn is a +550 underdog.

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