Jeff Horn vs Terence Crawford
Australia's Jeff Horn travels to Vegas to defend his WBO welterweight world title, which he won from Manny Pacquiao, just under a year earlier. Horn defends against Terence Crawford, former WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO light welterweight world champion, and former WBO lightweight world champion. Crawford, ranked by many as the best fighter in the world, and a very heavy favourite to beat the champion.
Horn is aggressive, awkward, lands a couple of big right hands, but Crawford, slicker, more controlled, and lands more punches in the first two rounds.
Crawford has a great third round, allowing Horn to get off with very little, and what he hits Horn with seems to be more powerful than earlier in the fight. Horn is still light on his feet, active in round 4, but he can't pin Crawford down, and Crawford lands clean shots, does good work.
Crawford starts to punish Horn in round 5, as Crawford finds it easier to stand his ground than earlier, and is able to make Horn walk into hurtful punches. Horn looks predictable in round 6, keeps trying to pressure Crawford, force him to fight his fight, but Crawford seems to have too much control.
Horn does better in round 7, but is still unable to get the better of Crawford for a sustained period of time or hurt him at all, and is still caught with the better punches, hit more often. Crawford looks very dominant in round 8, he begins to punish and hurt a tiring Horn, he nearly drops him late in the round.
Horn doesn't seem to be in the fight anymore in round 9, and he is getting hurt, he looks to have almost had the fight beaten out of him, he isn't going to quit. Crawford drops Horn heavily, Horn gets up, but after a sustained onslaught from Crawford, against a defenceless Horn, Robert Byrd stops the fight, arguably prematurely, but it seems Crawford was going to stop Horn decisively or not, sooner or later.
Terence Crawford stops Jeff Horn in 9 rounds, wins the WBO title, becomes a three-weight world champion.
- After 8 rounds, all the judges had Crawford winning 72-80