Horn-Crawford Moving From MSG To Vegas
Even though all signs pointed at the upcoming Jeff Horn defense of his WBO welterweight title against Terence Crawford was set for Madison Square Garden, the fight now is shifting over to Las Vegas.
According to Boxing Scene, Dean Lonergan, who co-promotes Horn with Top Rank, is not worried about the change of venue for the April 14th title fight.
“Boxing is always very fluid. It doesn’t make any difference from our point of view. Jeff’s purse will be the same (a reported $2 million) and from we’re quite happy about the move,” Lonergan said to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s one less time zone to cross. Going to the east coast of the USA is one of the hardest time zones to acclimatize to if you are coming from Australia or New Zealand. It’s not only the five-hour extra flight, it’s the three-hour time difference. Trying to get body clock acclimatised is tough.”
The reason seems to be a costs saving measure, as Las Vegas will provide not only a better rate on hotels, more available gym facilities, but also less money in venue fees as the Mandalay Bay would be more affordable than Madison Square Garden, who’s rental fees may be the most expensive in the country.
“It probably has more to do with the fact the arena became available. It could be a cost issue as well. Any time you can save money, or they think they can get a better crowd, good luck to them. They know the American market. We don’t worry about it much. We want to turn up, fight and get the job done,” Lonergan said.
The overall deal has yet to be finalized, but Lonergan expects everything to get set down very shortly and states that there are no major issues that would break the fight agreement.
” I’m just waiting for the contract to come through, we’ll go over it and we’ll get the deal done,” Lonergan said.
“I would have thought it will be done in the next week. There are always variations to the contract… we’re all on the same page, we just need to close it all down.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene