Crawford also spoke to the questions before the fight of whether or not he would be able to hold his own at welterweight against the bigger Horn. The fight was never close, as Crawford staggered Horn with a straight left hand from a southpaw stance nearly immediately, setting the tone for a night where Horn's toughness and courage would be commended but his ring skills wouldn't.
Horn expects his cut-man Stephen Edwards to be working overtime as the thinly-padded gloves cause more cuts and abrasions than the more popular gloves with foam padding.
Crawford punished Horn in a one-sided fight, stopping him in the ninth round to win a world title in his third division on Saturday night in the main event of the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+ card before 8,112 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
"Like I said before, I was the stronger guy", said Crawford, who landed 48 percent of his power shots, according to CompuBox. He had Horn in big trouble as he lashed him with crushing punches that probably would have put opponents away when he fought in the smaller junior welterweight and lightweight divisions.
But somehow, the Australian boxing champion kept his cool amid dramatic scenes and allegations of foul play at the official weigh-in for his mandatory world title defence against Terence Crawford. It includes the impressive scalp of Manny Pacquiao, but with a bit of an asterisk given the fearsome Filipino was past his best. Crawford was all over him when the fight resumed, and as he blasted him with both hands, referee Robert Byrd jumped in to stop the fight at 2 minutes, 33 seconds. "And I think he is as good or better than Leonard was".
The sixth round was as close to a winning round that Horn would see, but Crawford continued to serve a shutout by blocking punches and countering with stinging jabs to the face.
Rushton said Horn would be a little over 70kg after rehydrating before the fight.
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Crawford will use this momentum to fight the best in the division.
Crawford's skills came to life in the eighth round, as he went upstairs-downstairs near the end of the round, working the head and the body before closing the round with a monster right that staggered Horn. "He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard and that is a great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best", gushed Arum. "The future is unlimited".
The fight will be shown live on ESPN + tomorrow night which is the new app ESPN are pushing for $4.99 per month as they move most of their sports content online from television.
America's Crawford, the former undisputed super lightweight world title holder, outclassed the Aussie who was defending the title he won in a huge upset of Manny Pacquiao in July of past year in Brisbane. With the win, it opened the door for Pedraza to challenge WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran in August.
Terence Crawford, left, and Jeff Horn, of Australia.
Crawford also explained that Horn did not offer any surprises in the ring.