Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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Terence Crawford beats Jeff Horn by TKO in 9th round

Terence Crawford beats Jeff Horn by TKO in 9th round

Given an hour to shed the excess weight or lose his WBO welterweight championship, Horn went away and took a hot shower.

Horn is 30 and not likely to get much better - although he might get a bit smarter.

Then it was on to the welterweight division that boasts fighters such as titleholders Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman, not to mention former champion Manny Pacquiao and former titleholders Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.

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

The two unbeaten fighters meet Saturday night for Horn's welterweight title in a fight that offers an intriguing matchup of brawler versus boxer in a division that is suddenly getting a lot of attention in boxing.

Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) may have an unblemished record, but so does his opponent on Saturday night in Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs). "And I was way stronger than he was".

Horn, the former Brisbane schoolteacher who a year ago stunned Manny Pacquiao, initially weighed in just over the 147-pount threshold. The Aussie rose before the count of 10 and once again put his heart and soul on the line, but Crawford went right back to business, and referee Robert Byrd wisely stepped in to stop the action at two minutes, 33 seconds.

With the win Crawford claimed a world title in a third weight division.

Only a month ago the boxing world was convinced that Vasily Lomachenko was the best fighter in the world, the pound-for-pound king who would reign unrivaled as the best prizefighter in the world for years to come. I think they underestimated me a little bit. If he wants to fight three times a year or four times a year, we've got the dates for him.

Though he never appeared frustrated, Horn couldn't find a rhythm against Crawford, who chuckled in the middle in the fourth, the same round he opened a small cut on Horn's left eyebrow. 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.

Jose Benavidez Jr. says he wants a shot at the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn victor. "The future is unlimited". "He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard and that is a great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best", gushed Arum.

Horn created boxing history last July on one of the greatest ever days in Queensland sport history when he rode a tide of emotion to win the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title from Pacquiao before more than 51,000 people at Suncorp Stadium.

In the fifth round, Crawford was laughing, smiling, sticking his tongue out at Horn, who had no answer to his puzzle.

Terence Crawford, right, poses for photographers after defeating Jeff Horn, of Australia, in a welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas.

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