Cortez: Horn Beat an Old Pacquiao, Crawford Will Be Very Difficult

Hall of Fame referee and ESPN Deportes expert analyst Joe Cortez is not overly impressed with last year's big run by WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs).

Horn won what some felt was a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

He then made a voluntary defense with a stoppage victory over British contender Gary Concoran.


Now Horn is scheduled to make a mandatory world title defense against one of the best boxers in the business, two division champion Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs).

Crawford captured his first world title at lightweight and then unified the entire junior welterweight division.

The undefeated challenger is heavily favored to beat Horn when they collide on April 14th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

"Take nothing away from Jeff Horn, he’s a good outstanding fighter, he’s faced a lot of talent, but that decision over Pacquiao was a controversial decision in the eyes of a lot fans out there. A lot of fans felt that Pacquiao won that fight, so Jeff Horn is a champion but he beat a guy when a lot of fans thought he lost," Cortez told On The Ropes Boxing Radio

"He beat a Manny Pacquiao who was past his prime and now we’re talking about him fighting Terence Crawford. Crawford is probably the best pound-for-pound fighter out there. This will be a very difficult fight for Jeff Horn when he fights Terence Crawford."

Cortez believes Crawford can score a knockout victory over Horn in the later rounds.

The veteran ref just doesn't see how Horn will be capable of coming out on top when considering the skill set of Crawford.

"I believe he can in the later rounds. It’s going to be a difficult fight but I believe he can stop him in the later rounds because Crawford reminds me a lot of Lomachenko, he’s very smart and I don’t think Jeff Horn can withstand the kind of pressure from a guy who has all the moves in the sweet science of boxing. Terence Crawford is a good switch hitter and he’s very smart. It’s going to be very difficult for Jeff Horn because of the skills that Crawford has," Cortez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by QuebecSTAR2 on 02-27-2018

Crawford gonna get KTFO! underestimating horn durability...

Comment by revelated on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=etech1;18522536]Cortez is a terrible ref![/QUOTE] If Cortez was reffing Pacquiao/Horn, Horn would have nailed Manny with a sucker punch and got a KO off the break.

Comment by Dle on 02-27-2018

This is a 50/50 pickem fight. Horn will swallow up all Bud’s skill. Btw, I just left the happy hour bar on tequila overload. Lol

Comment by lion33lit on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=TonyGe;18523921]That's the only chance he has. It's not going to work..Boxing Crawford would be suicide.[/QUOTE] I agree with you 100%! Horns gonna bring the madness though! These fights are what makes me a boxing fan: The tough naturally "big" bulldozing…

Comment by TonyGe on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=lion33lit;18523653]Horn is gonna try and shut down any skill set of Crawfords with simply trying his best to BULLY & ROUGH HOUSE his way to success![/QUOTE] That's the only chance he has. It's not going to work..Boxing Crawford would be…

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