Terence Crawford scores TKO over Jeff Horn, wins WBO welterweight title

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Horn weighed in at 147.5 pounds (66.9kg) on his first go, before returning to weigh right on the limit at 147 pounds (66.67kg).

The punishment grew exponentially, round over round, until referee Robert Byrd had seen enough. "I suppose someone has dodgied up the scales for us to be bang on or even underweight", Horn said. If he wants to fight three times a year or four times a year, we've got the dates for him.

"I knew this was coming, I knew they had plenty of tricks in their book". But the thing he didn't understand was how strong I was. We've been out of the ring for a long time so we're just happy to be back in the ring. "He [Horn] was supposed to be a big welterweight and you saw how I dealt with him". I believe I'd do well with any fighter in the welterweight division.

The boxing world has been waiting to include Terence "Bud" Crawford in the mix of the elite welterweights for quite some time, as 147 has become one of the hottest divisions in the sport.

Terence Crawford made weight ahead of his fight with Jeff Horn.

Crawford - who moved up in weight for the fight - was in control from the outset at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Horn became a star of sorts thanks to his win previous year over Manny Pacquiao before a packed crowd in an outdoor stadium in Brisbane. He fought once since, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to retain his title.

Crawford also explained that Horn did not offer any surprises in the ring. Rojas (22-1 21 KOs) went to his knees, then fell on his face.Rojas was unconscious before he ever landed a punch. After an even first couple of rounds - you might generously have split the points 10-10 in the second, but probably only if you were barracking for the Australian - Crawford was never in the slightest trouble.

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"He's a classy fighter, hopefully he shows some humility".

Horn said he wasn't stressed at all by what happened.

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

"I think they think I'm a bit mentally weaker than I actually am". "Terence would just get that odd shot, just that little bit more. He got hit harder by Pacquiao".

Crawford started in the southpaw stance from the first bell of the fight. If Spence wins that fight and retains his title, the clamoring for a dream welterweight matchup between Crawford and Spence will grow. Both fighters were a little stiff and there was a lot of holding and wrestling early on.

Though he never appeared frustrated, Horn couldn't find a rhythm against Crawford, who chuckled in the middle in the fourth, the same round he opened a small cut on Horn's left eyebrow. From there on out, it only got uglier for Horn, as Crawford continually landed jab after jab, gassing the Australian native and keeping him off-balance. Horn, making just his second defense of the WBO belt after winning it in controversial fashion from Manny Pacquiao in July 2017, had no answers for Crawford's talent.

The two fighters were originally scheduled to meet April 14, but Crawford injured a hand in training, which resulted in the fight being postponed. "He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard and that is a great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best", gushed Arum.

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