Jeff Horn’s fairy-tale run came to an end earlier today, out-classed and out-boxed by multiple weight world champion Terence Crawford who put on a dominant performance to prove himself as one of the pound-for-pound greats at the moment.
From start to finish, Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) who moved up to welterweight after unifying the 140-pound titles last year, overwhelmed Horn (18-1-1) forcing referee Robert Byrd to halt the contest late in the ninth round to give the Australian his first career loss.
Crawford increased the tempo in the last three rounds and had Horn on wobbly feet as round eight came to a close. The accurate shots continue in the next round, as a strong uppercut rocked Horn and the combinations that followed floored the Brisbane based 30-year-old. On the restart, Crawford immediately pounced and with Horn wobbling back against the ring, the referee had seen enough and stopped the championship bout.
Horn commented that he thought he could have continued but didn’t have a big issue with the stoppage.
“I was just slightly off balanced,” Horn said. “I wish I could keep going until the end, but the ref said to me that he has my interests at heart, and I’m sure Jo, my wife, was happy about it.”
Meanwhile in his post-fight interview, Crawford took shot at the critics who were comparing him to Manny Pacquiao.
“You all tried to compare me to Manny Pacquiao. See what I just did to him?” Crawford said.
We here. Like I said, my power carried up and my physicality got stronger. We here now,” Crawford said. “I want the other champions. I want the big fights. Bob (Arum), let’s make it happen.”
The bout took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and was broadcast in Australia on pay-per-view.