By Ryan Burton
WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker recently opened up his training camp for his March 31st unification showdown against WBA/IBF/IBO champion Anthony Joshua. The bout takes place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Parker is co-promoted by Duco Events and Top Rank Inc. along with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.
BoxingScene.com recently caught up with Parker's trainer Kevin Barry to get his take on Horn's upcoming title defense against former lightweight and super lightweight champion Terence Crawford. Crawford-Horn takes place on April 14th at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Crawford will be making his debut in the welterweight division and is a big betting favorite to come out on top. Barry understands why Crawford is the favorite but believes that Horn is a very live underdog.
"The thing about Jeff Horn is he is not afraid. He will come in very good condition. He will be superbly prepared by his trainer Glen Rushton. As we saw in the Manny Pacquiao fight, here was a guy bloodied and beaten, both of his eyes were cut and he was still giving as good as he was taking and pulled off a sensational victory. We are talking about a real tough guy from down under, very unorthodox. He is a guy who will probably bring things that Crawford hasn't seen before. He has a very spoiling style. He has a very aggressive style and uses his elbows and his head. He is a real though Australian fighter and he will be in that fight," Barry stated to BoxingScene.com.
Crawford made history in August when he was the first fighter to ever unify all four super lightweight belts with a sensational knockout of Julius Indongo. After the fight Crawford gave up all of his titles to test his abilities in the deep welterweight division. While Crawford is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, Barry believes that the Omaha, Nebraska native hasn't yet been truly tested.
"When we look at Crawford he definitely is one of the class fighters in the world at the moment. Lightweight champion, won all the belts at junior welter and now his first fight at welter. No one really knows how good Crawford really is because Crawford has never really been tested and he definitely hasn't been tested at a welterweight. I think that this is a fight that Jeff is very live in but he is up against a very skillful, very clever fighter in Terence Crawford," Barry told BoxingScene.com.
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