Crawford Is WBC Mandatory Challenger For Horn

The WBO announced Thursday via their Twitter account, that Terence Crawford is the mandatory challenger for WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.

The sanctioning body also announced that representatives for Crawford and Horn must schedule their fight for within 90 days after Horn’s optional defense December 13th in Brisbane, Australia.Top Rank Inc. is Crawford’s promoter and Horn’s co-promoter, which should simplify the process.

The WBO’s announcement officially signaled Crawford’s move from 140 pounds to 147, and ended the undefeated Crawford’s reign as boxing’s undisputed super lightweight champion.

Horn must first defeat England’s Gary Corcoran on December 13th at the Brisbane Convention Centre. This will be the first defense of Horn’s WBO title following his shocking victory over Manny Pacquiao in July of 2017, in Brisbane.
Following his knocking out Julius Indongo to gain Indongo’s WBA, IBF, and IBO crowns and retain his WBC and WBO titles this past August, Crawford is not expected to fight again until he challenges Horn for the WBO welterweight title.

That impressive victory made Crawford the first undisputed champion in any division since Jermain Taylor won the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO middleweight titles from Bernard Hopkins in July 2005.

Now that Andre Ward has retired, Crawford is the No. 1-ranked fighter on most credible pound-for-pound lists.

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