The unbeaten Crawford (33-0, 24 KO's), 30, one of boxing's finest pound-for-pound performers, made a splash in his welterweight debut by dismantling Jeff Horn before 8,112 fans Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in an utterly one-sided ninth-round TKO victory to become a three-division world champion. "You know, y'all didn't believe me and I was way stronger than him". He's a great fighter.
Although Horn showed a lot of heart and barged his way forward in an attempt to get to Crawford's body, he was met with return fire throughout the fight.
"When you're away from home, you have to win your rounds more clearly". "Terence would just get that odd shot, just that little bit more". Effortlessly, Crawford absorbed the hard-charging Horn the entire fight, while dodging the big blows and countering effectively to wear down his opponent.
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.
Crawford went on a rampage in the eighth round, rocking Horn with the last punch just before the bell but had to wait to finish the job. "I feel like this is a great division for me, I feel like I'm stronger and more energized at 147".
"I compare him, and it's the highest praise that I can give a fighter. that he reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard", promoter Bob Arum said. "The future is unlimited".
There will be no controversy this time over the decision for the WBO Welterweight title. He was the 2017 ESPN fighter of the year and in August became only the third fighter of the four-belt era to unify all four major sanctioning body titles when he blitzed Julius Indongo in a third-round knockout to take his two belts and become the undisputed champion at 140 pounds.