Crawford: Is Ref Supposed to Let Horn Head-Butt, Hold & Hit?

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford laughed off comments made by Jeff Horn’s trainer regarding referee Robert Byrd’s need to allow Horn to fight the way he has grown accustomed Saturday night.

Glenn Rushton, Horn’s trainer, reiterated during a conference call Tuesday that he’ll urge Byrd to let the Horn-Crawford fight flow, without constantly breaking Horn and Crawford apart at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (ESPN+).

Rushton previously told the Brisbane Times for a story published Sunday that Horn doesn’t head-butt his opponents or intentionally lead with his head.


When asked about Rushton’s comments, an incredulous Crawford made if perfectly clear what he thinks about the rough tactics Horn has employed in previous fights.

“What, does he want Robert Byrd to let him head-butt and hold and hit, and do all that extra stuff?,” Crawford said during the conference call. “I just laugh at it. I don’t know. I don’t care.”

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, understands Rushton is just doing his job by trying to protect Horn’s best interests in advance of their 12-round fight for Horn’s WBO welterweight title. Nevertheless, Crawford can’t comprehend how anyone could objectively state that Horn doesn’t bend boxing’s rules with his physical, rough approach in the ring.

“Well, you know, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the type of tactics that he uses in the ring,” Crawford said. “But if [that’s what Rushton said], that’s his word on how his fighter fights. Of course he’s gonna back his fighter up with whatever his fighter’s doing in the ring.”

When Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) upset Manny Pacquiao last summer, two clashes of heads, each ruled accidental, opened cuts on Pacquiao’s face July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown.

The first laceration opened along Pacquiao’s hairline in the sixth round. The second cut opened in the seventh round, over Pacquiao’s left eye.

Horn later overcame severe trouble during the ninth round and won a controversial unanimous decision (117-111, 115-113, 115-113).

The Philippines’ Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) was criticized following his surprising defeat for not retaliating when Horn repeatedly roughed him up. Crawford assured Tuesday that won’t be an issue for him if Horn begins bending boxing’s rules during their fight.

“Oh,” Crawford said, “he’ll find out come fight time.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by North Star on 06-07-2018

Finally, this fight is on the horizon! Horn can't bully Crawford and not expect the courtesy to be returned. He will be playing with fire though. Crawford fights better and meaner the more pissed off he gets.

Comment by taste on 06-07-2018

[QUOTE=j0zef;18837551]Horn fights dirty. Glad Crawford is drawing attention to it now instead of after the fight. If you points things like this out after the fight, you come off as a whiner. It's just the truth. Horn fights very dirty…

Comment by revelated on 06-07-2018

[QUOTE=4truth;18837197]I didn't see a problem with the ref in that fight, did you? The judges were the issue from what I saw.[/QUOTE] You didn't see a problem with the ref? Seriously? [QUOTE=Sweet Science] In addition to questioning the judges' decision…

Comment by j0zef on 06-07-2018

Horn fights dirty. Glad Crawford is drawing attention to it now instead of after the fight. If you points things like this out after the fight, you come off as a whiner. It's just the truth. Horn fights very dirty…

Comment by 4truth on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=revelated;18836811]Did you forget - like many others - that Robert Byrd reffed Kov/Ward 1?[/QUOTE] I didn't see a problem with the ref in that fight, did you? The judges were the issue from what I saw.

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