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Horn the underdog

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn from Australia goes into his fight against American superstar Terrence Crawford as the underdog when they meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Horn (18-0-1; 12) rose to fame after beating the legendary Manny Pacquiao in July 2017 for the WBO belt.

On 13 December, 2017 in Australia, he made a successful defence with an 11th-round stoppage against Britain’s Gary Corcoran.

Horn will have a size and strength advantage over Crawford, who is also 30 years old.

Since making his pro debut in March 2013, Crawford has shown class in winning a number of world organisation belts.

In his most recent fight, Crawford (32-0; 23) scored a third-round knockout over Julius Indongo from Namibia to win the WBA and IBF junior welterweight belts.

He has now vacated all his belts to move up in weight and challenge Horn for the welterweight belt.

Horn is rugged and aggressive and has a slight height advantage over Crawford. He will also possibly come in well over the welterweight limit on fight night.

He likes to work on the inside where he can use his strength, and it is possible that he will try to unsettle Crawford with his roughhouse tactics.

Crawford has quick hands and feet and is an intelligent boxer with a good jab from the outside, while he also possesses a strong chin and good defence.

He is at a different level to Horn, and could slowly punish his opponent to win on a late-round stoppage.

However, Horn is a proud fighter and it is not impossible that he could pull off another upset.


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