Jeff Horn’s five-year plan in tatters after Terence Crawford defeat

Rex Christensen
June 14, 2018

Unbeaten Terence Crawford punished Jeff Horn en route to a ninth-round technical knockout on Saturday to seize the Australian's World Boxing Organization welterweight world title.

Terence Crawford's future is unlimited after becoming a three-division world champion by winning the WBO welterweight title, promoter Bob Arum says.

Crawford's awe-inspiring performance will have only reaffirmed his status as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, if not the outright No.1.

Painful lesson: Jeff Horn has his gloves removed after suffering a ninth-round TKO against Terence Crawford. Pacquiao is set to face Lucas Matthysse in July, for Matthysse's WBA title, but also has openly campaigned to face Vasyl Lomachenko in his next fight.

But the lop-sided nature of the fight would have cemented the opinions of others who believe Horn was never a legitimate champion in the first place.

"I think there were nerves, and he just out-fought me in there".

"I definitely don't want to leave here just losing a fight and then running", Horn said.

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"I feel like I'm getting better and better", he added, "feel like I'm stronger, more energized, I feel like this is a great division for me".

"That to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best, and this guy is equal or better than Ray".

It's left Horn, who now has a 18-1-1 professional record, with a sense of unfinished business in America.

It has been speculated that other United States promoters could look to match their up-and-coming fighters with Horn because of the test he can provide.

"I knew where their camp was coming from", he said.

"Crawford just had too much of everything, except courage" Lewis said.

"The referee (Robert Byrd) was very cautious. he didn't want me to get tagged and it was a fair call". Hopefully they admired my toughness and I definitely want to come back and have some big wins over here. "The loss won't be the end of me".

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