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Arum: You Are Crazy To Say Horn Has No Shot To Beat Crawford!

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum believes Jeff Horn stands a genuine chance of upsetting Terence Crawford after he set up a blockbuster fight with the unbeaten American in Las Vegas next year.

Horn retained his WBO welterweight championship with an 11th-round stoppage in his voluntary defence against feisty Englishman Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night in Brisbane.

It was a willing battle but Corcoran's corner threw in the towel as Horn zeroed in on a deep cut near the challenger's left eye halfway through the penultimate round.

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It cements Horn's position among boxing's elite and means he will now go toe-to-toe with Crawford, arguably the world's top pound-for-pound boxer and the mandatory challenger to his WBO belt.

The victor was Horn's first since capturing the title back in July, before a crowd of 51,000 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. He won a shocking twelve round unanimous decision over massive favorite Manny Pacquiao in gruelling, bloody bout. A rematch was on deck for last month, but fell apart over scheduling conflicts with Pacquiao's duties as a senator in the Phillipines.

Arum's Top Rank promotions have already booked the largest venue in Las Vegas, the T-Mobile Arena, for a date in April and Arum hinted an announcement would be imminent.

Crawford, 30, has moved up to the welterweight division after unifying the four light welterweight titles.

But it represents a climb of nearly twelve pounds in the space three years for the Nebraska native, who fought at lightweight as recently as 2014 and that, according to Arum, presents Horn with a sliver of an opportunity.

"Terence Crawford is one of the best fighters around," Arum said.

"(But) anybody that says that because of Terence's skill set that Jeff doesn't have a chance is crazy.

"This is going to be a very, very competitive fight. As far as skill is concerned, I would favour Crawford.

"But as far as strength and size are concerned, you have to go with Jeff."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Elroy The Great on 12-14-2017

all horn has to do is [B][U]land 1/3 less[/U][/B] punches than crawford will land and victory is assured. worked like a charm vs pac.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-14-2017

confident hornet gets stopped within 5 and we never have to see him again

Comment by jas on 12-14-2017

He dont believe this If arum truly believed horn had a shot he would have the fight in australia not vegas because it would make horn a huge star having it in australia . Instead he just had corcoran fight…

Comment by Doritos on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18332403]horn can speak english without a translator, loma cant. horn is the great white hope.[/QUOTE] The great white hope implies there's no other good white fighters or champions, which is wrong.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 12-13-2017

Unkee Bob: "You Are Crazy To Say Horn Has No Shot To Beat Crawford!" No Bob, and please stop smoking spliffs right before being interviewed. You're wacko there, bubba. Here, lemme help you... "You Are Crazy To Say Crawford Has…

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