Jeff Horn, Terence Crawford agree to Apr.21 fight

By Daily Sports on January 11, 2018

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Jeff Horn’s team have a deal in place for him to defend his WBO welterweight title against #1 mandatory Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) on April 21.

The deal isn’t complete yet, as Crawford and Horn’s promoter Bob Arum is looking over the final details before a contract is signed by the 2 fighters. The Horn vs. Crawford fight is likely to take place in Horn’s home country in Brisbane, Australia.

Horn brings in a lot of money for his fights in Australia.

Horn is pleased with the purse that he’ll be receiving for the fight with the 30-year-old Crawford.

”As far as we’re concerned, it’s pretty much a deal,” Rushton said to APP. “But no deals done until it’s done, so we just have to cross t’s, dot i’s and actually get this thing locked down.”

Horn, 29, has made one successful defense of his WBO 147 lb. title in defeating Gary Corcoran by an 11th round knockout last month on December 13.

Horn wanted to face #1 WBO former welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in a rematch in December, but the Filipino star couldn’t get free from his senatorial job in the Philippines.

Horn beat Pacquiao by a 12 round unanimous decision last year on July 2. The outcome of that fight left a lot of boxing fans angry and feeling like Horn won an old fashioned hometown decision.

Mandatory challenger, Crawford is making his first fight at welterweight after dominating the light welterweight division for the past 2 years. Crawford recently unified the 140 lb. division by capturing all 4 of the titles in that weight class. However, given the lack of big names for Crawford to fight at light welterweight, he’s decided to move up to 147 to go after the more popular fighters in that weight class.

•Photo shows Terrence Crawford.

 

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 11, 2018

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