WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) will have a few new tricks up his sleeve when he collides with mandatory challenger Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) on April 14.
As BoxingScene.com first reported, the contest is now shifting from New York City to a venue in Las Vegas, with the Mandalay Bay as an early frontrunner to host the bout.
Crawford is very well known for his ability to fight from both the southpaw and orthodox stance.
According to Horn's trainer, Glenn Rushton, the WBO champ is planning to do the same and is already working on tactics where he'll switch his stance during the fight.
Rushton has double-downed on his belief that a solid win over Crawford will catapult his boxer into the number one pound-for-pound slot.
“Terence has an awkward style and is effective punching either right or left-handed, but Jeff can do exactly that as well," Rushton told Courier Mail.
“We’re ready for whatever Terence brings. He can fight orthodox, southpaw, 'south-odox' or 'ortho-paw' – we don’t mind because Jeff is ready to change direction at any time. He and I are very confident that despite the heavy odds in favour of Terence, Jeff will shock the world again and be recognised as the best boxer in the world pound for pound.”
Matchmaker Stuart Duncan, who works closely with Horn and his team, is also confident that the 2012 Australian Olympian will send Crawford packing right back to the junior welterweight division.
“[Bud] Crawford is a deserved world champion and possesses some excellent skills in his arsenal — however the more you study his fights you begin to realise that he is most definitely beatable," Duncan said.
“He has never fought anyone whose style slightly resembles Jeff’s and after studying 12 of his fights I am more confident about this fight than I was Pacquiao. Jeff loves southpaws and his use of angles, strength and power are key attributes that will play an integral role in winning this fight.
“Jeff will win this fight by doing to Bud what others could not — creating chinks in his armour. I think Bud will wish he had never moved up to [welterweight].”