Horn’s Promoter: Crawford Will Regret Jump to 147
Terence Crawford made history in 2017, becoming the first boxer in over a decade to hold all the major championships of one weight division — in this case, light welterweight.
But Crawford (32-0, 23 KO) is supposedly going to look to increase his trophy case this year, moving up to the welterweight division. The WBO has named Crawford as the mandatory challenger to WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO), and a fight between the two is expected to be made official in the coming weeks.
Crawford’s looking to increase his mark in today’s boxing scene, but if one were to ask Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, he feels Crawford moving to welterweight will not be as easy as he assumes Crawford thinks.
Horn’s title reign has come under scrutiny, considering he won the title via controversial decision against Manny Pacquiao back in July.
“Every fighter that comes in to fight Jeff Horn says the same thing — he’s not that good, I’m going to beat him, I’m going to do this,” Lonergan said. “Well, no one has managed to silence him yet and I don’t think Terence Crawford can do it either. He ain’t no superman.
I don’t think Terence Crawford is going to be happy with the outcome of this fight and he’s going to regret coming up a weight division.
Lonergan added that he thinks famed boxing trainer and former ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas created bias in the boxing community to be against Horn. Atlas was removed from ESPN boxing commentary after he got into an on-air, verbal scuffle with a fellow commentator.
“I think Teddy Atlas got his just desserts for the way he carried on in that Pacquiao fight and particularly the disrespect he showed to Jeff Horn after the fight.
”I hope Teddy Atlas doesn’t get another job in boxing when it comes to commentary and certainly not on a Jeff Horn fight – I’d be fighting hard for him to never do it, but I don’t have to worry about it, because ESPN agrees with me and sacked him.”
Horn made a successful title defense last month against Gary Corcoran.