Horn Talks Training Conditions, Being Underdog

Jeff Horn defends the WBO Welterweight Championship next week against Terence Crawford, and Horn is the underdog despite already defending the title once and being the bigger man — Crawford moves up from light welterweight, a division where he was the undisputed champion.

As Boxing Scene reports, what has infuriated Horn and his team more is that Horn says Top Rank is forcing him to train at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, a building which he claims has no air conditioning to give relief from the humid Vegas conditions.

According to Glenn Rushton, who trains Horn, they were told the air conditioner is broken and temperatures in the facility can get to 100 degrees — and it will get even hotter during fight week. The building’s tin roof doesn’t help things and, combined with the equipment they say is subpar, Horn and his team want out of the facility.

“The Americans are doing everything to try to rattle me,’’ Horn tells Fox Sports. “I got off the long flight from Brisbane and did a few rounds to loosen up but it was just too hot to train in that gym for too long. I could have damaged myself. Who builds a brick and tin gym in the desert with no air conditioning anyway?’”

With all the training conditions he’s had to go through, combined with his underdog status, Horn says he would love to get a first-round knockout.

I won the Australian title with a first-round knockout in 2013 and I’d love to stop Crawford just as quickly. It would shut a lot of people up.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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