Terence Crawford wins Third Division World Title with Victory over Jeff Horn
June 9, 2018
Anthony Saldana (79 articles)
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Terence Crawford wins Third Division World Title with Victory over Jeff Horn

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) put his title on line when he went up against the former undisputed Super Lightweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s). The fight which was 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. Leading up to this much anticipated matchup both Crawford and Horn had heated exchanges through Social Media and their anger carried into the ring as both Horn and Crawford went full speed at each other in a very exciting first round. Crawford however used his excellent speed and laser like counters to out box the champion in the early rounds. In the middle rounds Crawford continued to use his speed and defense to score at will as Horn had no answer for “Bud”. Crawford stepped on the gas pedal in the 9th and dropped Horn, Horn eventually beat the count but due to a barrage of unanswered punches referee Robert Byrd stepped in a called a halt to the bout at the 2:33 mark of the round. “I’m Strong. Y’all didn’t believe me. I was way stronger than him, Y’all kept telling me how strong he was and Y’all didn’t give me credit” said Crawford after the fight. “We’re here, my power carried up, my physicality got stronger. We’re here now and Y’all tried to compare me to Manny Pacquaio, you see what I just did to him”  

 

In the Co-Main event of the stacked Top Rank Card former world champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) went toe to toe and with the tough Mexican Antonio Moran (22-3, 15 KO’s) from the opening bell “Sniper” lived up to his nickname landing quick combinations and precise jabs and by the third round Pedraza had busted up the nose and face of Moran. Then in the fourth round Moran seemed to have found another gear and began landing heavy shots of his own, but that was short lived as Pedraza continued to outbox, out class and turn Moran’s face into a bloody mess. Pedraza continued to dominate the later rounds and after ten solid rounds of action all three judges returned with the same scores of 96-94 all in favor of Pedraza. After the fight Pedraza stated “Puerto Rico will once again have a champion, I want Ray Beltran, and I want to become champion again” 

 

In other bouts

 

2016 US Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson (9-0, 4 KO’s) completely dominated and dropped Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) four times as he came away with a 2nd round stoppage.

 

Stevie Nelson (10-0, 8 KO’s) of Omaha, Nebraska handled business against Dashon Webster (10-1, 8 KO’s) winning by knockout at the :46 mark of the sixth round with the victory Nelson moves to (11-0, 9 KO’s)

 

“The Youngest Ever” Gabriel Flores Jr. (8-0, 5 KO’s) gets a unanimous decision victory by scores of 40-36 on all three of the judges scorecards as he defeats Jorge Rojas (4-4-2, 1 KO)

 

Also on the card undefeated prospect Maxim Dadashev (11-0, 10 KO’s) remained undefeated as he knocked out the veteran Darleys Perez (33-4-2, 21 KO’s) in the tenth and final round of their fight for the WBC/NABF Jr. Welterweight Title.

 

To kick things off, Undefeated middleweight prospect, David Kaminsky came away with a knockout victory over Trevor Lavin (1-1, 1 KO) at the 1:12 mark of the second round. With the victory Kaminsky moves to (2-0, 1 KO)

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