Dean Lonergan is delighted with ESPN's decision to yank veteran analyst Teddy Atlas from their boxing broadcasts.
Lonergan firmly believes that Atlas was responsible for fueling the attacks that Jeff Horn was receiving from the American fans and media.
Atlas went on a verbal rampage following Horn's huge upset decision win over Manny Pacquiao last July at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Atlas, even during a live post-fight interview on ESPN, told Horn directly that he felt Pacquiao was robbed of a victory.
Some felt Atlas may have crossed the line by confronting Horn in the aftermath of his biggest career win.
But now Horn gets a second chance to win over the American public, when he faces mandatory challenger Terence Crawford on April 14th from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
And Lonergan loves the fact that Atlas will not be involved with the broadcast.
"We can’t wait to get him in front of American fans. This time, they will see him without the biased commentary of Teddy Atlas. Teddy turned a lot of people off Jeff with the way he called that fight," Lonergan told The Sydney Morning Herald.
"When you look at the commentary in England and around the world, there wasn’t that bias. A lot people in those nations thought Horn won the fight. It makes a huge difference to perceptations.
"Jeff Horn will be recognised but I think fans are going to quickly realise how tough Horn is in the ring. Crawford is a very, very good fighter, no doubt. But he hasn’t got anyone of great note on his record, certainly not someone like Manny Pacquiao."
Lonergan believes the Horn vs. Crawford showdown will create a huge ripple for Australian boxing.
"In my opinion, this is probably the most significant fight in Australian boxing history," Lonergan said.
"I don’t know if any Australian fighter has gone from beating a Hall of Fame legend like Manny Pacquiao and less than 12 months later was fighting the pound-for-pound king in the home of world boxing."