Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Crawford dominates Horn to win WBO welterweight title

Crawford dominates Horn to win WBO welterweight title

Crawford weighed in at 146.5 pounds.

Jeff Horn has failed to make for his mandatory WBO welterweight championship defence against Terence Crawford.

Referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight with 28 seconds left in the round. You know, y'all kept telling me how strong he was, but y'all didn't give me enough credit. "He did everything we expected him to do". He came in there with the intentions of roughing me up and getting aggressive. I think they underestimated me a little bit. "I knew his [Horn] punches couldn't hurt me, I hit him with a right hook that really hurt him and I knew then it was just a matter of time". I just had to get in the ring and prove it. "He [Horn] was supposed to be a big welterweight and you saw how I dealt with him".

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

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), 30, of Omaha, Nebraska, has been a dominant force in boxing for the past several years and is viewed as one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound, if not the very best. He was given an hour to lose weight before trying again.

He wasn't so fortunate against Crawford, who out-landed Horn 155-58, according to CompuBox. Crawford's previous 10 opponents landed 7 per round. "I thought I could beat him coming forward", Horn said. "He's a classy fighter who fought a great fight".

Horn was found wanting in his first fight outside of Australia or New Zealand.

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Both fighters made a busy start, but it was Crawford landing the majority of the shots.

Horn was energetic in the opening rounds going toe-to-toe with Crawford early.

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.

The sixth round was as close to a winning round that Horn would see, but Crawford continued to serve a shutout by blocking punches and countering with stinging jabs to the face.

Crawford nearly ended the fight in the eighth, a huge left making Horn wobbly just before the bell. "I feel like this is a great division for me, I feel like I'm stronger and more energized at 147". "The future is unlimited".

Horn defended the belt with a technical knockout of Gary Corcoran in December, but he was dominated by Crawford all the way at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

There will be no controversy this time over the decision for the WBO Welterweight title.

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