By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – The Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford welterweight title fight was postponed Wednesday, reportedly due to a hand injury Crawford sustained during training.
A spokesman for Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. confirmed the postponement, first reported by ESPN.com, to BoxingScene.com at an open workout Wednesday to promote the company’s card Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The fight for Horn’s WBO welterweight title was tentatively scheduled for April 14 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. As of Wednesday, however, the card had not been officially announced by Top Rank and tickets had not gone on sale.
The card was supposed to take place four weeks from Saturday night. Not selling tickets that close to an event is an oddity in boxing.
According to Arum, the card headlined by Horn-Crawford could be rescheduled for May 19 or sometime early in June because Crawford’s injury isn’t considered serious. Arum also said that the show still will take place in Las Vegas.
Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is the mandatory challenger for Horn’s 147-pound championship. Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) won the WBO welterweight title by upsetting Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.
The 29-year-old Crawford hasn’t fought since knocking out Namibia’s Julius Indongo (22-2, 11 KOs) in the third round of their 140-pound title unification fight August 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Horn-Crawford show also was supposed to include two other title fights April 14. Those fights – WBO super bantamweight champ Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) against Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) and IBF super flyweight champ Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KOs) versus Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9 KOs) – are expected to remain a part of the Horn-Crawford card.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.