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Horn's Coach: Crawford Made Big Mistake, He'll Get Knocked Out!

The chances of a knockout in Jeff Horn's world title defence against Terence Crawford have risen dramatically with both fighters to use gloves with next to no padding.

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton has decided to fight fire with fire after learning through sponsors Everlast that Crawford intended to use gloves made of horse hair, rather than the usual foam padding, for their June 9 showdown in Las Vegas.

Horse-hair gloves can be easily manipulated to expose the knuckles and increase punching power, with Rushton describing them as "Claytons gloves: the gloves you have when you're not having a glove."

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Rushton said it was a decision the unbeaten American would live to regret.

"It is a real game-changer and it probably doubles the shock, I would say, through the glove," he said.

"If he wants to go back to the primitive days, if he wants a gladiator contest and fight with these on, then so be it."

The discovery is testament to Rushton's no-stone-unturned approach to preparation and ensures it won't be a nasty shock when they arrive at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"That's part of what I do," he said. "It's a matter of doing your research.

"I need to know exactly what Crawford thinks, what he eats, how he trains, how he sleeps, what his demons are."

Horn has never fought with horse-hair gloves before but will now get the chance to train with them and adjust to the impact over the next four weeks.

While the 30-year-old has had hand issues before, Rushton said they were now like "steel" and would absorb the extra damage thanks to a specially-tailored conditioning program.

"If anyone lands a clean punch with one of these gloves it's going to hurt just like getting a bare punch to the face," Horn said.

"It's going to be dangerous in there."

Rushton also said the postponement of the fight from the original April date had worked in their favour, claiming Horn would be "20 percent" fitter and stronger having now undergone a double preparation.

"I think this is going to be a knockout," he said.

"To survive 12 rounds with very aggressive fighters here, it's going to be almost superhuman to do it.

"Watching the power he's displaying lately, when I visualise Jeff with these gloves out there, we're in for one heck of a battle."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bobd9842 on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;18732585]The Horninator can do anything he wants. 1st round will be reconnaissance; 2nd round he'll be doing the Ali shuffle and putting the shoe-shine on Crawford; 3rd round will be oxygen mask time for Bud.[/QUOTE] Nah...there will be so…

Comment by buge on 05-05-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18732907]Buds a pretty big dude and walks around above 160. Actually 177lbs but who's counting??[/QUOTE] tell that ***** to quit ducking GGG then and come up with the big dogs

Comment by Metho_4u on 05-05-2018

[QUOTE=Lomasexual;18732249]You may be the only person who believes that. Aside from Horn himself. Because there was money being thrown around to have the global superstar Pac come to Australia, there isn't the same for Crawford.[/QUOTE] Passawackoff believes that because manny…

Comment by Jdboxer on 05-05-2018

Pretty sure its closer to a year of fame

Comment by mathed on 05-05-2018

I feel sorry for Horn, his team has done him wrong.

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