Crawford Stops Horn To Win WBO Welterweight Title

Terence Crawford left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is already one of the top welterweight boxers in the world.

In Crawford’s welterweight debut, he defeated WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn by ninth-round TKO to win the WBO title. With the win, Crawford is the latest boxer to win a world championship in three different weight classes.

Crawford dominated the fight right from the start, outlanding Horn. Crawford ended up being too quick for Horn, who made waves across the boxing world with his 2017 upset victory over Manny Pacquiao to win the title. The former 140-pound champion landed several big left hands. At times, Crawford nearly knocked down Horn, especially at the end of the eighth round when Crawford landed a straight left hand.

Crawford pressured Horn all the way to the ninth round when Crawford unleashed a flurry of punches which eventually knock down Horn. After Horn got back up, Crawford continued dominating the fight until referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight with 27 seconds remaining in the round.

After becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion in 2017, Crawford moved up in weight to attempt to become a three-division champion. Crawford and Horn were supposed to fight on April 14, but a hand injury Crawford suffered weeks before the fight forced the bout to be postponed.

The fight was close to losing a lot of its luster when Horn initially missed weight the day before the fight. He weighed in at 148 lbs. in his first attempt and then 147.5 lbs. after stripping down, but was able to make weight in his next attempt.

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