We have got a very nice boxing weekend ahead of us, however the biggest fight is that 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. The two face off that Horn acquired in July of 2017 from Manny Pacquiao.
By Malik Smith
Arguably the best busy American fighter — he ranks third behind Gennady Golovkin and Vasiliy Lomachenko at The Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings — Crawford is seeking a new challenge by moving up to the welterweight division.
Crawford washed out the junior-welterweight positions in stunning fashion with a third-round knockout of Julius Indongo last summer to become the first undisputed winner to hold four straps since Jermain Taylor in 2005.
Crawford is the sort of man who likes to make an impression on the huge stage, along with his power makes him dangerous against any competitor. His previous 10 bouts have all been world title fights, and he is 10-0 with seven stoppage wins. Five of his opponents over that course are former or current world champions, so he’s seen the best competition at every level.
Defensively, he’s almost impossible to hit lately. Crawford’s past 3 opponents each landed fewer than 20 percent of the punches against him.
By Michael Leboff
Horn is an interesting dude, and that is also the perfect way to describe the judging in the largest win of the Aussie’s career — a unanimous decision over Pacquiao 11 weeks ago.
In that fight, Horn was outclassed into the stage that the ref came over to him his corner and threatened to halt the fight if he did not show something shortly. And still, the judges gave him the nod. I’m confident the fact that the fight took place in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia, had nothing to do with all the corrupt scorecards.
Anywho, while most of us tend to concentrate on the shady scoring, the 30-year-old did reveal some great things in that fight. 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 that has opened up a betting opportunity.
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