Jeff Horn Is Ready for His American Debut
Australia's own Jeff Horn is set to defend his Welterweight Title against fellow undefeated star Terence Crawford.
Australia’s own Jeff Horn is set to make his American debut against fellow undefeated boxer Terence Crawford in Las Vegas on April 15, with the Queenslander’s WBO Welterweight Title on the line.
With 32 fights and 32 wins, ‘Bud’ Crawford has been dominating at Lightweight and Junior Welterweight for quite some time, but has never fought anyone in the Welterweight division until now. Despite Horn being the heaviest fighter that Crawford has ever faced, the Aussie has been given little chance by American boxing pundits.
However, those same pundits dismissed The Hornet’s chances against Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane last July, and that ended with Horn winning the world title in a closely fought decision after 12 gruelling rounds of boxing.
While that fight set the record for an attendance (51,000) at an Australia boxing match and will go down in history as one of the greatest moments in local boxing history, some American ‘experts’ such as Stephen A. Smith believe Pacquiao deserved to win the fight, and still refuse to acknowledge Horn’s title credentials.
Smith often refers to Jeff Horn as “Joe Horn”, and we’re not sure if this is deliberate or just plain ignorant. He has repeatedly stated that “Joe Horn” has no chance against Crawford, but this blatant show of disrespect might play into Horn’s favour, as he has appeared to thrive as the underdog throughout his entire career. The Australian Rocky?
The fight marks the first time that Horn as fought on American soil, and what better way to announce yourself as a genuine world champion than at the mecca of boxing - Las Vegas.
The entire sporting population of Australia will be in The Hornet’s corner, but this will be his toughest fight yet, with Floyd Mayweather declaring Crawford as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. While enjoying retirement, Mayweather had many compliments for the undefeated Crawford, saying “He’s a motherfucker. And one thing I like about him is, he reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather. He can fight his ass off. And that’s what I like about him.”
It is quite rare for Floyd to compare anyone to himself, so let’s see what he has to say about Jeff Horn if he can get the win in Las Vegas.
UPDATE: Terence Crawford has suffered a hand injury in training, postponing the fight until late May or early June.
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