Mon, Jun 11, 10:23am by Staff Writer
Australia’s Jeff Horn has failed to retain his WBO welterweight title, losing in the ninth round by total knockout to Terence Crawford.
The 30-year-old Crawford picked apart Horn’s typically aggressive style and counter punched with ferocity.
He used a number of power shots early in the contest, connecting on 47 of 77 in total, before adding body shots over the closing rounds. These slowed Horn down tremendously, before his lethal left uppercut floored Horn in the ninth round.
After Horn stunned Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium almost a year ago, he suffered a devastating loss in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Horn was outclassed by a far better boxer, with Crawford landing almost 100 more punches than Horn at 155-58.
Referee Robert Byrd called off the fight two minutes and 33 seconds into the ninth round after a series of powerful punches by the American knocked Horn down.
All of the post-fight discussion was about the referee potentially stopping the fight too early, with Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton adamant his man had more left in him.
With Horn being tended to by a plastic surgeon for over 20 stitches after the contest and losing his balance in the eighth round, Byrd acted with the Australian’s best interests in mind.
Victory for Crawford ensures that he remains undefeated in his 33 professional fights, including a remarkable 24 wins by knockout.
With yesterday’s achievement he joins five other men in history to win world titles at the lightweight, light welterweight and welterweight divisions.
Horn’s unbeaten career has ended, with his career record now 18 wins, one draw and a loss, with 12 wins by knockout.
Crawford has his sights set on retaining the welterweight title, calling on promoters to organise a bout sooner rather than later.
Uncertainly surrounds what’s next for Jeff Horn, but he has ruled out hanging up the gloves, citing the great Evander Holyfield’s determination to return and succeed after a defeat.
In the aftermath, Jeff Horn expressed his desire for a rematch with Crawford on Australian soil, with the American understood to be interested in the proposition.
After the fanfare generated by the Horn-Pacquiao fight and with many members of the Australian media travelling to Las Vegas to promote the fight, the sport of boxing is raising its profile once more.
It is unknown when Horn will fight again but Sportsbet has two markets up, with the Hornet at $1.77 to beat Conor McGregor ($2) and $1.36 to beat fellow Australian, Anthony Mundine ($3).
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