On Saturday, Jeff Horn will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against unbeaten former two-division world champion Terence Crawford in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
Horn, who’s rated No. 5 by THE RING in 147 pounds, arrived in America on May 30. The unbeaten Australian is currently looking forward to the opportunity to prove himself from one of the greatest boxers in the world in the boxing capital.
“I am excited,” Horn (18-0-1, 12 knockouts) informed THE RING. “I always pictured myself fighting in Vegas eventually. It shows some fantasies can come true. The next portion of the fantasy is winning.”
The 30-year-old former schoolteacher is acutely aware of Crawford’s skills but remains unfazed and confident of pulling off the upset from the 1/9 (-800) odds-on favorite.
“Crawford is a very slick and skillful boxer,” he explained. “He has many abilities that allow him to accommodate and switch styles to work against his competitor. I believe I have the style that will upset anyone in a fight, regardless of what they plan for.
“It is essential to my career to hold onto my belt. To win this fight against America’s finest in their land is going to be a huge leap forward for my livelihood and legacy I’d love to leave in the game.”
The Australian is itching to struggle and was disappointed when the initial April 14 date fell through, due to an injury to Crawford’s (32-0, 23 KOs) firsthand. However he focusing at the positives.
“It was annoying but I feel as though, at the conclusion of the dayI am in better shape than I was moving in the April 14 date.” Said Horn, who was recently involved in a car accident.
His trainer Glenn Rushton had, as usual, set up in their hometown of Brisbane. He is pleased with preparations have gone, factoring in the postponement.
“All coaching camps have been tailored to the opponents,” said the venerable trainer. “We’ve had two coaching camps, together with the struggle being postponed from April 14.”
For what was likely to be a title defense to yield his name July, Manny Pacquiao traveled to Australia. It was”The Hornet’s” coming-out party; nonetheless despite a better-than-expected performance, many considered Pacquiao had done enough to retain his title.