Horn Looking To Make Statement In First U.S. Fight
WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn became a superstar in his home country of Australia, when he pulled off a major upset with a twelve round unanimous decision over heavily favored Manny Pacquiao in July of 2017, before a crowd of 51,000 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Last week, Horn made his first defense of the title with an eleven round stoppage of Gary Corcoran, also in Brisbane.
Horn now faces against one of if not the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport Terence Crawford, in a mandatory defense of his WBO crown.
Crawford unified the entire junior welterweight division in 2017 when he knocked out Julius Indogo to unite the IBF, WBO, WBA, WBC world titles.
Crawford who has moved up to Welterweight is looking to dominate the division the same way he did at junior welterweight. While Horn is willing to fight Crawford, not only because of his standing in the states, but also if the money is right.
“I’m very happy to go to Las Vegas and fight Crawford,” Horn said to Courier Mail.
“I believe I have the size and the strength to beat him. I want America to see me as a boxer with a lot of heart and a really entertaining style.”
Horn will be working with Dundee Kim, a strength and conditioning coach, in late January.
Kim and his team of assistants will help head trainer Glenn Rushton prepare Horn for the fight with Crawford.
“Dundee and his guys put in so much hard work for me with the punching pad work and weight training, and it pays off in the ring,” Horn said.
“I’m getting stronger and more confident with every fight and I’m looking forward to giving my best performance ever against Crawford.”
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum is looking at staging Crawford vs. Horn on April 21 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.