Trainer Pleads With Horn To Forget Crawford, Fight Mundine

Hall of Famer Johnny Lewis, who is regarded as Australia's most successful boxing trainer is practically pleading with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn to forget about a mandatory fight with Terence Crawford next April in Las Vegas.

Lewis, who guided Jeff Fenech , Kostya Tszyu and many others to multiple world championships, would rather see Horn move up to junior middleweight to take on Anthony Mundine in what would be a major fight in Australia.

Lewis believes Horn is struggling to make the weight limit of 147 and he doesn't want to see a "weight drained" version of the boxer enter the ring against Crawford.


Last week, Horn stopped Englishman Gary Corcoran in 11 rounds in Brisbane .

The boxer reportedly had to cut between eight to nine pounds in a 24 hour period before the weigh-in - and it's no secret that Horn has physically fought to get down to the welterweight limit in his last few fights.

“Jeff Horn looked so drained at the weigh-in for the Corcoran fight it was like he’d had a bout with Count Dracula the night before,’’ said Lewis to Courier Mail.

“He looked emaciated. Jeff Horn has been the best thing to happen to Australian sport in a long time and I would hate to see him fight Crawford seriously disadvantaged. Jeff relies so much on his huge mental strength to keep pushing through. I’m not saying he can’t beat Crawford but it’s madness to give him such a huge headstart.’’

Lewis believes the safe bet, is to move up to 154 and get a big payday against Mundine. The veteran coach says a fight between Horn and Mundine would "capture the imagination" in Australia.

"[Struggling to make weight], it catches up with you,’’ Lewis said. “Gary Corcoran was hitting Jeff with a lot of lead right hands the other night that shouldn’t have been landing.

“If I was advising Jeff I’d say forget what Crawford or his promoter Bob Arum want, you cut the best deal you can and fight Mundine and then suit yourself after that.

“If you’re having trouble at welterweight, move up to junior-middleweight because there’s probably even more money for you up there.’’

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thebrownbear on 12-17-2017

Very good trainer who cares about his fighter, giving him sound advice. I kind of doubt he could stand with Crawford without the weight issue.

Comment by Knackers#1 on 12-17-2017

Horn doesn't have to defend his WBO welterweight title against Crawford until July. That's when the mandatory is due. There is no reason why he can't have a non-title fight against Mundine at 154 in April and return to welterweight…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 12-17-2017

i wouldnt be surprised if he moved up. funny i was just sayin that a while back. then i saw how huge corcoran was and thought how the hell he make 147. btw horn-ali rite? porter - horn how bout…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18342329]Wow. These Australians are cowardly, they have no sense of honor or what it means to be a true champion. Always looking for the easy way out. :nonono:[/QUOTE] There's some stupid comments, not like the brave tough American's eh?! The…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=mxtali;18342830]fvck it, if he’s struggling that much, move up. But don’t hold the belt hostage.[/QUOTE] He defended it a week ago!

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