Horn: Crawford Underestimating Me; Better Bring His 'A' Game!

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Jeff Horn senses Terence Crawford is underestimating him.

The undefeated Crawford continually has stated he respects Horn and has prepared accordingly for their 12-round, 147-pound title fight Saturday night. Australia’s Horn, the defending WBO welterweight champion, doesn’t believe him.

“I think they are underestimating me, but that’s because of my style,” Horn told following on open workout Wednesday at MGM Grand. “It doesn’t look a hundred-percent pretty, but everything I do works and I do it for a reason. Come fight time, he’s gonna realize that.”


The 30-year-old Horn believes what he perceives as Crawford’s overconfidence will help him pull off another upset in his second title defense.

Manny Pacquiao was a 6-1 favorite over Horn when Horn recorded a controversial, unanimous-decision victory against the Filipino legend 11 months ago in Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown. Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, is an even heavier favorite, roughly 10-1, in a fight that’ll be streamed live on the ESPN+ app from MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“It’s great,” Horn said, “because if he doesn’t bring his ‘A’ game, I’m definitely gonna win. So he needs to bring his ‘A’ game to beat me in there.”

The 5-feet-9 Horn has a one-inch height advantage over Crawford. Some experts expect Horn to out-weigh Crawford by as much as 10 pounds once their bout begins as well.

Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) is confident he not only can beat Crawford, but knock out the former lightweight and super lightweight champion.

“Look, if I land the right punch,” Horn said, “if he zigs when he should’ve zagged, and I connect with those punches, especially with those horsehair gloves, he’s going down and he’s going out.”

The Horn-Crawford fight will headline an eight-bout card Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The undercard will begin streaming on ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The co-featured fight, a 10-rounder between lightweights Jose Pedraza (23-1, 12 KOs) and Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KOs), is set to start at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

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 TonyGe on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=G G G;18844760]LETS GO HORN!!!!!! Represent us!! The GGG fans are with you. Show them that w power!![/QUOTE] As a GGG fan count me out. Horn is going to get a lose. Don't care if it by KO or decision.…

Comment by pacphobia on 06-09-2018

So he's gonna use horse hair gloves? Wow datttttt's dangerous!

Comment by mathed on 06-09-2018

News flash: Bud would whoop you with his D-game, lol.

Comment by abracada on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;18844720]LAS VEGAS Jeff Horn senses Terence Crawford is underestimating him. The undefeated Crawford continually has stated he respects Horn and has prepared accordingly for their 12-round, 147-pound title fight Saturday night. Australia's Horn, the defending WBO welterweight champion, doesn't believe…

Comment by lion33lit on 06-09-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18844822]Motor mouth fits him better than Hornet. He hasn't had a thought that didn't come out of his mouth, like there's a direct connection between his brain and his lips. Blah blah blah.[/QUOTE] Well lets hope he doesnt have to…

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