On Saturday, Jeff Horn will place his WBO welterweight title on the line against unbeaten former two-division world champion Terence Crawford in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
Horn, who’s ranked No. 5 by THE RING in 147 pounds, arrived in America on May 30. The unbeaten Australian is excited about the opportunity to show himself.
“I am excited,” Horn (18-0-1, 12 knockouts) told THE RING. “I always imagined myself battling in Vegas eventually. It shows some fantasies can come true. The following portion of the fantasy is winning.”
The 30-year-old former schoolteacher is acutely aware of Crawford’s skills but remains unfazed and confident of pulling off the upset from the 1/9 (-800) odds-on favorite.
“Crawford is a very slick and skillful boxer,” he said. “He has many skills that allow him to adapt and change styles to function against his opponent. I believe I have the style that will upset anybody in a fight.
“It is critical to my career to hold onto my belt. To win this fight against America’s finest in their land is going to be a massive leap forward for my career and heritage I would like to depart from the game.”
The personable Australian is itching to struggle and was frustrated when the initial April 14 date dropped, due to an accident to Crawford’s (32-0, 23 KOs) firsthand. However he is currently focusing at the positives.
“It was annoying but I really feel as though, at the conclusion of the day, I am in better shape than I was moving into the April 14 date” Said Horn, who was recently involved in a minor car accident.
Set up training camp in their hometown of Brisbane. He’s pleased with how preparations have gone, factoring in the postponement.
“All training camps have been tailored to the opponents,” said the venerable coach. “We have effectively had two training camps, with the fight being postponed from April 14.”
Manny Pacquiao traveled to Australia for what was supposed to be a routine title defense, simply to yield his title to Horn last July. It had been”The Hornet’s” coming-out celebration; nonetheless despite a better-than-expected performance, many believed Pacquiao had done enough to retain his name.
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