By Keith Idec
As long as Jeff Horn beats Gary Corcoran, Terence Crawford knows he’ll get a shot at the man who upset Manny Pacquiao four months ago.
The undefeated Crawford has a general idea of when their fight would take place, too. Where, however, remains a matter that the former undisputed super lightweight champion must discuss with his promoter, Bob Arum.
Crawford will attend the Horn-Corcoran fight December 13 in Brisbane, Australia, along with Arum and his trainer/co-manager Brian McIntyre. If Brisbane’s Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) successfully defends his WBO welterweight title against the 10th-ranked Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs), Crawford, McIntyre and Arum will begin discussing the possibility of the Omaha, Nebraska, native traveling to Australia for his mandatory title shot sometime early in the spring of 2018.
“If Horn wins, I’ll sit with everybody and like adults, we’ll figure out where the best place for the fight is, particularly economically,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “Because, you know, one thing with the WBO, they will appoint neutral officials. And if the fight is in Australia, there will be officials from all over, but not [Australia]. And if the fight is in the United States, the officials will come from outside the U.S. and Australia. The problem we might have is Nevada, in which case we probably couldn’t do that fight in Nevada because they insist on using their officials.”
Judging should concern Crawford considering the controversial nature of Pacquiao’s unanimous-decision defeat to Horn on July 2 in Brisbane.
Crawford has become a big draw in Omaha and nearby Lincoln, Nebraska, but he has traveled abroad for a title shot. The 30-year-old Crawford went to Glasgow and won the WBO lightweight championship from Scotland’s Ricky Burns in March 2014.
That fight went to the scorecards and Crawford received the unanimous-decision win he earned.
He hasn’t fought outside the United States since beating Burns and has developed into one of the best boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport. The Australian government could sweeten the deal, though, much like it did for Pacquiao, and make it worthwhile for Crawford to travel there for his chance to win a world title in a third weight class.
“I don’t know,” Arum said. “We haven’t discussed it with Terence yet. Terence is coming to the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux fight in New York [on December 9]. And the day after the fight, Terence and Brian McIntyre are going with [Top Rank’s Carl] Moretti and myself to Australia for the Horn fight. And Terence then, as an adult, and Brian will decide on that – whether it’s OK to do the fight in Australia. We’ll kick that can down the road. We don’t have to decide until after the Horn-Corcoran fight. If Horn doesn’t win, we have options on Corcoran. Then we would pretty surely do the fight in the United States.”
Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) gave up his IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC and WBO 140-pound championships to move up to 147 pounds. The WBO installed him as Horn’s mandatory challenger last month.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.