Crawford TKOs Pacquiao tormentor to claim WBO welterweight title

Crawford Expected To Outlast Horn

Crawford Expected To Outlast Horn

Crawford was beyond brilliant, winning the WBO belt from Horn in his first appearance at welterweight and taking his record to 33-0 after a ninth-round TKO of the Australian.

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

The fight was originally scheduled for April 14 but was postponed when Crawford suffered a deep bone bruise on his right hand while training.

Crawford dominated Jeff Horn in NY on Saturday, earning a ninth-round stoppage to take the belt and insert himself in the conversation for top fights in an extremely intriguing welterweight division. "Well done to Terry Crawford, he's a great fighter", he said.

"I'm stronger than him".

Crawford moved into a new weight category in the status of the absolute champion in the light Welterweight division. So you wouldn 't blame him for giving serious consideration to the pros and cons of taking the money, and his health, and living happily ever after, knowing that Australian sports fans will always have a soft spot for the story of the determined kid who got sick of being bullied at school and made a decision to learn to fight back and went all the way to the top of the world. It includes the impressive scalp of Manny Pacquiao, but with a bit of an asterisk given the fearsome Filipino was past his best. Crawford followed up the knockdown with more flurries in the ninth round until referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight with 27 seconds remaining in the round, awarding Crawford the win.

"I've been wearing them gloves all my career and this is the first time I've had anybody complain about them".

When Horn, 30, bulled Crawford to the ropes in the sixth round, Crawford got away after landing a left uppercut that stunned Horn. "[I want] other champions, other big fights, Bob make it happen", said Crawford. "That to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best, and this guy is equal or better than Ray". "The future is unlimited".

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.

America's Crawford, the former undisputed super lightweight world title holder, outclassed the Aussie who was defending the title he won in a huge upset of Manny Pacquiao in July of previous year in Brisbane. Last August, the Omahan became the third undisputed champion in the four-belt era when he KO'd fellow unified titlist Julius Indongo in Lincoln.

Terence Crawford, left, lands a punch on Jeff Horn, of Australia, in a welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Horn's handlers believe his size and strength advantages will help him overcome Crawford's diverse skill set and intelligence when they square off. According to betting site Vegas Insider, Crawford is a -800 favorite, while Horn is a +550 underdog.