WBO Welterweight champion, Jeff Horn, who defeated Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night in Brisbane, is hoping the victory will set up a clash with Terence Crawford, the mandatory challenger for the title.
Horn, 29, is confident in his ability and believes he can beat Crawford if the two can set up the bout next year, which could happen in Las Vegas.
“He’s someone I can definitely beat in the boxing world, I’m sure of that,” said Horn, “I’m very confident in my ability.”
Crawford, 30, will be stepping up to 147 pounds for the first time in his career and the American is confident he will be better than he was at 140 pounds and that he will clean out the division.
“Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done tonight, but I’m a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran, I have more power and more speed than Corcoran. When he [Horn] steps into the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story.
“When I move up to the 147-pound division, everyone is going to see a bigger, stronger fighter and a harder puncher than they saw at 140 pounds. I plan to do the same thing at 147 that I did at 135 and 140, and clean out the division.”
Bob Arum, of Top Rank Promotions, believes it wont be as one sided as boxing fans would think. “Anybody that says that because of Terence’s skillset Jeff doesn’t have a chance is crazy,” Arum said. “As far as boxing skills go I would favour Crawford but as far as strength and size are concerned you have to go with Jeff.”
“Terence Crawford is one of the best fighters around. He was a lightweight champion at 135 pounds and a couple of years ago he was fighting as a lightweight. Then he became a junior welterweight and wiped out that division. It’s a big jump, for a guy who started as a lightweight now to 147 pounds. This is going to be a very, very competitive fight and it may end up being a ring classic.”
We await confirmation of the clash, which could possibly take place April of next year in Las Vegas.
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