Crawford TKOs Pacquiao tormentor to claim WBO welterweight title

Crawford TKOs Pacquiao tormentor to claim WBO welterweight title

It was a complete domination by Crawford, who only enhanced his status as one of the top fighters in the world.

Referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight with 28 seconds left in the round.

One of the fight promoters Brad Jacobs, the chief operating officer for Top Rank, declared "Of course we want Crawford to win" and with that admission team Horn are manning the battle stations. "He did everything we expected him to do".

"I suppose someone's dodgied up the scales for us". I didn't do things I was meant to do in there and felt slightly off in the ring tonight. "Obviously the scales are a bit tricky - oh well, I've only got half a pound to lose".

"I feel like I'm getting better and better, feel like I'm stronger, more energised, I feel like this is a great division for me".

"I think they're all going to respect me now, I think I just displayed my talent and my power".

"I could see face-to-face with Terence he was a bit rattled. Now I want all the champions at welterweight".

Jeff Horn has made the weight on his second attempt for his mandatory WBO welterweight championship defence against Terence Crawford. The fight was never close, as Crawford staggered Horn with a straight left hand from a southpaw stance nearly immediately, setting the tone for a night where Horn's toughness and courage would be commended but his ring skills wouldn't.

By round seven Horn was fighting on desperation, well aware that while he had taken the early rounds against Manny Pacquiao in winning the title last July he had conceded them to the cocky American. He fought once since, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to retain his title. Crawford's previous 10 opponents landed 7 per round. "He's a classy fighter who fought a great fight". Horn threw only 59 punches in the last two rounds.

"When you're away from home, you have to win your rounds more clearly".

"It's just continually climbing steeper mountains until you say I can climb Mount Everest, I can climb any mountain in the world".

Horn is 30 and not likely to get much better - although he might get a bit smarter.

The 30-year-old Crawford, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Horn, also 30, were supposed to fight April 14 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. If things get tough, Rushton has a simple message for the champion. Crawford landed 26 of 54 punches in the third round and it was clear he found his rhythm. As slick and surgical as Crawford was, he showed his power in the fifth round, using a thunderous left uppercut to Horn's jaw, and moments later landing a left hook to the body. He was badly staggered at the end of the round as Crawford cut loose and appeared to be on the verge of going down. "We knew what we were up against, we dealt with bigger, stronger, faster sparring partners in training camp that were relentless and didn't back up, which helped me prepare for tonight", said Crawford. "That to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best, and this guy is equal or better than Ray".

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