Terence “Bud” Crawford Looks to Sting Jeff “The Hornet” Horn
May 10, 2018
Anthony Saldana (73 articles)
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Terence “Bud” Crawford Looks to Sting Jeff “The Hornet” Horn

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Saturday night June 9th the WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his title on line when he goes up against the former undisputed Super Lightweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight which will be Crawford’s welterweight debut was originally scheduled for April 14th but due to an unforeseen hand injury Crawford and Top Rank had to postpone the fight. Now after several heated exchanges on social media Crawford has let the world know he’s ready for this next step in career “I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9th and win the WBO welterweight championship,” stated Crawford. “Jeff Horn and his team better be ready because they are going to see a bigger, stronger, and more powerful Terence Crawford. I am going home with that belt.” Horn who captured his title after defeating Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao last July at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia will be making the second defense of his title. In December Horn made the first defense of his belt when he defeated England’s Gary Corcoran by an 11th round TKO. “Defending the world title successfully a second time is a must,” Horn said. “Crawford is a very talented fighter and deserves his accolades. I will be on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. Obviously, I am a very competitive guy who works really hard to achieve his goals. Crawford is a brilliant boxer, but I am coming to win, and I will win. Crawford’s trash talk has only inspired me that much more to shock the world once again.” For Horn the fight against Crawford will be his first bout in the United States as well as the first time he’ll be fighting outside of Australia or New Zealand. Crawford, the 30 year old Omaha, Nebraska, native has been regarded as the world’s best pound for pound fighter and is no stranger to big fights, he also seems to be wanting to make a statement with a big knockout victory. Recently Crawford tweeted out “You just keep training and keeping my belt warm because I’m fucking you up come fight night. You, me and everyone know it.” And in what seems to be an attempt to stay true to his word, Crawford an his team have also elected to fight with 8oz Everlast MX gloves. The MX gloves are mostly horsehair instead of the traditional foam padded gloves and this will be the first time Horn has fought with the MX style gloves. “This showdown has gone from a boxing match between two undefeated welterweights to a battle between gunslingers packing heavy weapons,” stated Horn who went on to say. “It’s going be thriller, anything can occur when you’ve two heavy hitters going at it, particularly with these gentle MX gloves which have horse hair filling quite than foam. You can hit so much tougher with them.”

 

The fight between Horn and Crawford should be a war while it last. I expect Horn to make it a dirty fight and try to rough up Crawford from the opening bell. I also believe that by the middle to late rounds Horn will begin to slow down and Crawford will take full advantage of that landing a barrage of punches as he punishes Horn forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout. My final prediction Terence “Bud” Crawford by middle to late round TKO. The Horn Vs. Crawford fight will be broadcast exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming app, which requires an additional monthly subscription fee.

 

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