By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | June 10, 2018
They say three is the magic number. Well in the case of Terence Crawford, that slogan is held to be true as the former Undisputed Super Lightweight Champion outsmarted, out boxed, and simply dominated previous WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn via a ninth round TKO stoppage. With his victory, Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) is now a three-division world champion, ascending to the number one ranked welterweight in the world.
What Crawford accomplished is amazing but how he did it was spectacular. Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) was completely overmatched by Crawford’s speed and taken aback by his power, to say the least. Crawford, utilizing his lead right jab to set up combinations to both the head and body, dictated and controlled the pace of the fight throughout its entirety. It became apparent after the second round that Horn was in for a long night of taking clean punches without being able to land his own shots. As the rounds continued, so did the boxing lesson.
Crawford, in his first fight at 147lb, has put the entire welterweight division on notice. From winning the World Boxing Organization World Lightweight Title, to winning the International Boxing Federation World Super Lightweight Title, World Boxing Association (SUPER) World Super Lightweight Title, World Boxing Council World Super Lightweight Title, and World Boxing Organization World Super Lightweight Title, Crawford has once proven the doubters wrong.
Terence Crawford – WBO Welterweight Champion (#1 Ranked Welterweight)
“He (Horn) did everything that I expected him to do. He came in there with the intentions of roughing me up and being aggressive. He didn’t understand how strong I am. Once we started fighting, he felt my strength and didn’t want to trade with me.”
“After this display, with my talent and my power, I believe all the welterweights will respect me. Horn was supposed to be a big welterweight in the division and everyone saw how I dealt with him so they’re all going to be a little cautious.”
“The goal is to takeover the division. The goal is to win all the belts. I want more.”
“I didn’t fight my best tonight. I wasn’t able to close the distance. I have to give him (Crawford) credit for that. I wanted to outwork him and win rounds, but I didn’t want to rush in and let him land one big shot on me. I think I was a little bit more cautious than I probably shouldn’t have been.”
“He had a good punch and good speed; he was definitely quick and very crafty. I was trying to stay in his chest but I just couldn’t get on him. His skills as a boxer are very good.”
“I felt like the fight was stopped early. I had more in me. He was the stronger guy but during those championship rounds, I felt like I could have continued on. His power is decent. His power was there. I definitely didn’t want to get hit by him. I’d definitely like a rematch. I’d definitely like to fight in Australia. I like fighting at home.”
With the 147lb division stacked with great competition, which includes undefeated IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr., along with undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman, and both former WBC Welterweight Champion and former IBF Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter (scheduled to face each other for the vacant WBC title), the opportunity is there for Crawford to not only unify titles, but to also possibly become an undisputed champion once again.