Fri, Jun 8, 2:20pm by Staff Writer
WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) heads to Las Vegas this weekend to defend the world title he claimed last July from Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
In his second scheduled title defense, his opponent will be unbeaten two division world champion Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) of the USA.
Crawford has ascended to the top tier of professional boxing by dominating his competition at lightweight and junior welterweight ranks. His most recent victory last August, a third round knockout against Julius Indongo saw him unify all four major titles at junior welterweight. He is widely considered amongst the best in the sport pound for pound.
Crawford will move up a weight division to challenge champion Horn for his title in what the bookmakers see as a mere formality en route to fights against the marquee names in the division, which includes the likes of Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr, Danny Garcia and Pacquiao.
Head to head, Crawford is priced a $1.16 favourite with Horn rated a $5.50 chance.
The naturally bigger fighter, Horn is optimistic in his prospects to spring the upset in foreign conditions and as he showed last July against Pacquiao, he has the ability to rise to the occasion on the big stage against the best in the world.
As far as value is concerned, if you are confident with reigning champion Horn doing the business in Vegas, significant returns can be made.
A Horn victory by points or decision will get you $13.00 or a win via KO/TKO $9.50. In comparison, a Crawford win via points or decision is priced at $3.10 and the KO/TKO $1.67.
As a contest, Horn offers a challenging style for Crawford. He is expected to bring his rough brawling style to the ring as he showed with Pacquiao which should make like hard for him in the early stages.
Once adjusted to Horn’s style and tactics, Crawford should be able to use his excellent jab, combination punching and showcase his seamless ability to switch between orthodox and southpaw stances in getting through the Australian’s defences.
Expect a Crawford stoppage victory in the second half of the fight, with Horn to enter round seven potentially leading on the scorecards.
Suggested Bet: Terence Crawford Round 7 – 12 @ $2.50 (Alternate Group Round Betting 1)
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