Malignaggi Warns: Horn Will Not Be That Easy For Crawford

By Radio Rahim

Former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi cautions that WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) is going to present a tough challenge for mandatory challenger Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs).

Horn shocked Manny Pacquiao last July with an upset twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBO world title. He retained the the title for the first time in December, with a stoppage victory over voluntary challenger Gary Corcoran of the UK. 

Crawford, who previously held a world title at 135-pounds, unified the entire junior welterweight division in 2017 - and soon after announced a move to the welterweight limit of 147-pounds.


Crawford became the mandatory challenger when he officially made his move to 147.

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Crawford and a remaining fight option on Horn, is making moves to stage the fight on April 14th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. ESPN would televise the card.

Malignaggi views Horn as the naturally bigger man, and the possibly the naturally stronger man - and disagrees with a lot of people who are already predicting a complete mismatch when the two boxers step in the ring.

Although Malignaggi admits that securing a victory over Crawford would be a huge mountain to climb for Horn.

"If Jeff Horn can upset Crawford, he's going to put himself in the picture. I know it's a big ask, but I think he's a naturally bigger guy with a very physical style against a former lightweight. It's not as easy of a fight for Crawford as people think. I think Crawford is legitimately the favorite in the fight, but you can not underestimate Horn," Malignaggi told

"If Horn came and beat Crawford, after beating Pacquiao last year, he's already put himself in as the frontrunner for 'Fighter of The Year.' I'm not going to say that's my prediction, but what I'm saying is that you should at least open up your eyes to it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chrismart on 01-25-2018

I can see this one being very one sided I'm afraid.

Comment by oldcanvasback on 01-25-2018

[QUOTE=LacingTheGloves;18428688]I think the people building up Horn really just love Crawford so if Horn gets destroyed they can relive the hype how much everyone was giving Horn a shot even if there wasn’t one to begin with. It was like…

Comment by oldcanvasback on 01-25-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18428662]Horn had trouble making weight last time out. He might be a little too big.[/QUOTE] Agreed. He had to drop 4.5kg/10lbs the day before weigh in against Corchran and it showed. His timing was off, he didn't have any energy.…

Comment by paulf on 01-24-2018

Paulie's bias forks off into some weird places. Paulie was offered the fight with Horn before Skeete, so by Paulie's logic Horn is going to be a huge challenge for Crawford. He's not.

Comment by Boxing42 on 01-24-2018

[QUOTE=ceylon mooney;18428612]i cant remember for sure but i think the 140 lb crAwford was in ring at 160.[/QUOTE] That doesn't matter a whole lot because most of the top welterweights would have to cut their arm off to make 140…

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