In an ‘oh my wow’ performance, world light welterweight kingpin Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) debuted at welterweight Saturday night in Las Vegas where he made absolute target practice of the rough and tumble Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) of Australia as seen live on ESPN. The American phenom made it look easy on route to a ninth round TKO.
The most remarkable thing is Crawford looked like the bigger, stronger man, outwrestling the scrappy Horn in every clinch. Any time there was separation Crawford raked Horn with rapid flush shots.
This was the fight in a nutshell:
Crawford switched from orthodox to southpaw with aplomb and while jabbing with his right most of the night, in the late rounds – when Horn started looking like a broken man – he switched to righty and stepped up the hurt.
A big shot floored horn in Round 9 and Crawford let his hands fly prompting the stoppage shortly after. The end came officially at the 2:33 mark of Round 9.
It was a one-sided beat-down that announced Crawford’s arrival at welterweight with a vengeance.
In his post fight speech he said he wants all the champions and the biggest fights at 147.
“I want the champs, I want the big fights,” he said.
“Like I told y’all before, I’m strong. Y’all didn’t believe me, I was way stronger than him. Y’all kept telling me how strong he was but y’all didn’t give me enough credit. So I had to go in and show y’all.
“Y’all tried to compare me to Manny Pacquiao. You see what I just did to (Jeff Horn).”
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