Horn Secures The Man 'Who Beat Crawford' For Advice, Sparring

Twelve rounds in the ring with Jeff Horn has one of Terence Crawford's rare conquerors convinced the Brisbane champion can upset the American in Las Vegas next month.

Ray Robinson has been flown in to spar with Horn as preparation for his June 9 World Boxing Organisation welterweight title defence at the MGM Grand intensifies.

Crawford is unbeaten after 32 professional fights and fancied to end Horn's 19-fight unbeaten run despite the Australian's famous defeat of Manny Pacquiao to earn the crown last year.


But Robinson, who was briefly in the frame when Horn was planning his first defence, boasts a win against Crawford as an amateur 10 years ago.

The 32-year-old only arrived in the country on Wednesday night but went toe-to-toe with Horn across 12 rounds of ferocious preparation at trainer Glenn Rushton's gym on Thursday afternoon.

He said Horn showed plenty to suggest those already calling the fight Crawford's way should think again.

"Anyone can sit behind a desk and say someone is going to win," he said.

"No one really knows how Terence Crawford's going to react when Jeff hits him.

"I believe Jeff was a big underdog against Pacquiao, who's obviously a legend, and Jeff put on his big boy boots and got the win.

"He's faster and sneakier than a lot of people think."

Robinson said Horn's 3-4kg weight advantage would also be telling.

"He's (Crawford) not super strong, just very accurate," he said.

"Jeff being on top and moving like that, it'll be hard to pinpoint a shot and he beat one of the best with great accuracy.

"If he walked through Pacquiao, I think he's got an amazing shot.

"Seven pounds (weight) make a big difference with someone laying on you from one to 12 (rounds)."

Robinson only met Horn for the first time on Thursday but said his attitude would be perfect to deflect the same antics he encountered when he fought Crawford.

Already Horn has been entangled in issues surrounding the date and location of the fight as well as what kind of gloves his opponent will use.

"They try to win the fight at the press conference, they are a bunch of tough guys," Robinson said.

"Everyone knows Jeff is a really laid back kind of guy; to ruffle his feathers is going to be kind of hard."

The fight will be broadcast live in Australia as a pay-per-view event on Fox Sports from 10am on June 10, while UFC 225, featuring a middleweight title defence for Australian Robert Whittaker, will be broadcast on Main Event.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RomanReigns on 05-19-2018

Crawford KO Horn.

Comment by NC Uppercut on 05-19-2018

Shows how smart Jeff really is. Lemme bring in a fighter that’s holding a losing record, but beat Bud, 11 years ago. Damn that’s a smart mofo! Craw daddy is gonna tear his a$$ Up, from pillar to post

Comment by Raggamuffin on 05-19-2018

Ray Robinson is a ****en bum, lmao.

Comment by 4truth on 05-19-2018

Good idea, not because he'll actually have useful advice but he can prop up Horn's belief that he can beat Crawford. Stranger things have happened, though not many, but without belief he hasn't got any chance at all.

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 05-19-2018

[QUOTE=Spoon23;18784013]Good to hear, but when you said "No less than" Horn. What you actually said by rephrasing it is, Pac is greater than or at "least equal" to Horn. Which is not the case, Horn can never be equal to…

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