Horn vs. Crawford: Facts to Know Heading Into WBO Welterweight World Title Fight
Undefeated records will be on the line when Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford clash for the WBO welterweight world title June 9 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Horn, the current champion, has a career record of 18-0-1. The Australia native claimed the title last July in his hometown of Brisbane after a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao.
Crawford, who hails from Omaha, Neb., is the challenger despite having a 32-0 record. With titles in the 135 and 140 pound divisions, Crawford will attempt to become a three-weight world champion when he fights Horn at 147 pounds.
Here is some more key information on the fight, courtesy of Opta:
Horn is set to make his first appearance in the United States. All of his previous 19 bouts as a professional have taken place in either Australia or New Zealand.
Crawford got his hands on a world title for the first time back in 2014; he travelled to take on Ricky Burns in Glasgow, beating the Scotsman on the cards in the champion’s backyard.
Since recording a unanimous decision over Ricky Burns, Crawford has forced a stoppage in seven of his nine outings, the exceptions being Ray Beltrán and Viktor Postol. Each of those fights have been with a world title on the line.
Crawford is regarded as a consensus top three pound-for-pound fighter at the moment alongside Gennady Golovkin and Vasyl Lomachenko. His ability to switch hit seamlessly from orthodox to southpaw is one of his signature attributes.
This will be Horn’s third world title bout compared to Crawford’s 11th. Crawford has been away from the ring for 10 months, the longest absence of his career to date. Horn’s last fight was in December 2017, a TKO over Gary Corcoran.
This bout was postponed, originally set to take place in April 2018. But it was rescheduled because of an injury picked up by Crawford. Horn was involved in a car accident on May 24, but he remains able to fight after not suffering an injury.
Although both are the same age, Crawford turned professional five years before Horn and has racked up 168 rounds across 32 fights while Horn has only been involved in 19 bouts. But unlike Crawford, Horn represented his country at an Olympics Games (London 2012) prior to turning over into the paid ranks.
By Christian Shimabuku