We have got a really nice boxing weekend before us, but the biggest fight is the showdown between Terence”Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) and Jeff”The Hornet” Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) on ESPN+ at 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Both face off that Horn acquired in July of 2017 from Manny Pacquiao.
By Malik Smith
Arguably the very best active American boxer — he ranks third behind Gennady Golovkin and Vasiliy Lomachenko in The Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings — Crawford is looking for a fresh challenge by going up to the welterweight division.
Crawford washed out the junior-welterweight positions in stunning style with a third-round knockout of Julius Indongo past summer to become the first undisputed champion to hold four straps since Jermain Taylor in 2005.
Crawford is the sort of man who likes to create an impression on the huge stage, along with his ability makes him dangerous from any competitor. His past 10 bouts have all been world title fights, and he’s 10-0 with seven stoppage wins. Five of his competitors over that span are current or former world champions, therefore he’s seen the best competition at each level.
Defensively, he is nearly impossible to hit recently. Crawford’s previous three opponents each landed fewer than 20 percent of the cries against him.
From Michael Leboff
Horn is an interesting dude, and that is also the perfect way to describe the judging from the largest win of the Aussie’s livelihood — a unanimous decision over Pacquiao 11 weeks ago.
In that fight, Horn was outclassed into the point the ref came over to him in his corner and threatened to stop the fight if he didn’t show something soon. And yet, the judges gave him the nod. I am confident the fact that the struggle took place in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia, had nothing to do with the corrupt scorecards.
Anywho, while most of us tend to focus on the unethical scoring, the 30-year-old did reveal some good things in that struggle. Horn’s chin and durability shone noticeable, and he did come living in the subsequent rounds.
I came away from the Pacquiao fight impressed by Horn’s ability to hang in there, and this has opened a gambling opportunity.
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