Crawford also spoke to the questions before the fight of whether or not he would be able to hold his own at welterweight against the bigger Horn.
Horn is 30 and not likely to get much better - although he might get a bit smarter. Horn for the welterweight championship live on Saturday night.
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Horn finally made weight the day before his world welterweight title fight with American Crawford, but not before plenty of drama at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "Well done to Terry Crawford, he's a great fighter", he said. These things happen. I could have kept him guessing more. The unbeaten Omahan is just the sixth fighter ever to win titles at lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight, joining Barney Ross, Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Adrien Broner. It was only a matter of time at this point, and soon referee Robert Byrd wisely and mercifully stopped the fight after Crawford unleashed a volley of punches on an increasingly helpless Jeff Horn.
The fight wrapped up a insane week with Horn almost getting stripped of his title on the scales on June 8. If he wants to fight three times a year or four times a year, we've got the dates for him. "Obviously the scales are a bit tricky - oh well, I've only got half a pound to lose". Crawford landed 26 of 54 punches in the third round and it was clear he found his rhythm. Even Pacquiao struggled to keep Horn at bay during the early and late rounds of their fights, which is impressive considering how Pacquiao typically thrives against come-forward pressure fighters such as Ricky Hatton and Antonio Margarito. The stoppage came shortly after the knockdown as Crawford unleashed a barrage of punches to end the fight. "The future is unlimited". "And that to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought that Leonard was the best".
The fight is significant for one other thing - it marks the first attempt to get boxing fans to buy ESPN's new $4.99 a month app so they can watch the bout from the MGM Grand Garden.
Horn manhandled Pacquiao at times in their 12-rounder on his way to winning a controversial unanimous decision July 2 at Suncorp Stadium. Effortlessly, Crawford absorbed the hard-charging Horn the entire fight, while dodging the big blows and countering effectively to wear down his opponent. Horn, who defeated Manny Pacquiao in July 2017 in a controversial win, lasted nine rounds against his opponent, getting heavily outmatched through a lot of them. With the win, it opened the door for Pedraza to challenge WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran in August.
Terence Crawford, left, lands a punch on Jeff Horn, of Australia, in a welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Terence Crawford made weight ahead of his fight with Jeff Horn. According to betting site Vegas Insider, Crawford is a -800 favorite, while Horn is a +550 underdog.