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Terence Crawford Enters The Hornet’s Nest June 9 in Las Vegas
TERENCE “BUD” CRAWFORD & JEFF “THE HORNET” HORN will battle for the WBO Welterweight World Title, Saturday, June 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena
LAS VEGAS — Pound-for-pound superstar TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD is ready to conquer the welterweight division. Crawford, the former lightweight champion and undisputed junior welterweight kingpin, will challenge JEFF “The Hornet” HORN for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Saturday,June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Horn, from Brisbane, Australia, stunned the sporting world when he rallied to win a unanimous decision over eight-division world champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO in a nip-and-tuck battle that took place in front of a record-setting crowd of 51,000 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Duco Events, remaining tickets for Crawford vs. Horn, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50 (limited availability), can be purchased online through axs.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts box office.
“It’s exciting to see Bud Crawford move up to the welterweight division. In Jeff Horn, he fights a big, rough, tough welterweight who won the title from one of the greats, Manny Pacquiao,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, founder, and CEO of Top Rank.
“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 and win the WBO welterweight championship,” Crawford said. “Jeff Horn and his team better be ready because they are going to see a bigger, stronger, and more powerful Terence Crawford. I am going home with that belt.”
“We are excited to be fighting at MGM Grand and attempting to win another world title in a higher weight class, the welterweight division, which is stacked with talent,” said Crawford’s trainer/manager Brian “Bomac” McIntyre. “We are looking forward to fighting a really aggressive and determined fighter in Jeff Horn. June 9 will be another great night for Team Crawford in Las Vegas.”
“Defending the world title successfully a second time is a must,” said Horn, a 2012 Olympian. “Crawford is a very talented fighter and deserves his accolades. I will be on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. Obviously, I am a very competitive guy who works really hard to achieve his goals. Crawford is a brilliant boxer, but I am coming to win, and I will win. Crawford’s trash talk has only inspired me that much more to shock the world once again.”
Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), from Omaha, Nebraska, is coming off a history-making performance in becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world. “Bud” defeated the previously unbeaten Julius Indongo in impressive fashion when he blasted the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion with a sensational third-round liver shot knockout. That fight took place last August 19 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. With the win over Indongo, Crawford became the first 140-pounder to unify all four major world titles, and the third male boxer in history to accomplish that feat—joining Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor.
Crawford unified the WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles on July 23, 2016, with a thoroughly dominating unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Viktor Postol. He knocked down Postol twice in the fifth round and fought out of the southpaw stance for nearly the entire fight. Before unifying all four major world title belts against Indongo, Crawford notched TKO victories over 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz and the big-punching John Molina, Jr.
Following the 2012 Olympics, Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) had a meteoric rise through the professional ranks, winning the WBO Inter-Continental and Oriental belts. On April 27, 2016, he knocked out former IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey in the seventh round. Later that year, Horn survived a third-round knockdown to stop three-time world title challenger Ali Funeka in the sixth round. The Funeka win earned Horn the shot at Pacquiao.
After his “Cinderella Man” showing against Pacquiao, Horn, returned to the ring last December 13 and successfully defended his title by stopping Gary Corcoran in the 11thround. Horn is a beloved figure in his home country, and he has used his championship platform to inspire victims of bullying. Horn, who has openly discussed his experiences being bullied, entered trainer Glenn Rushton’s gym as a teenager hoping to learn self-defense and now is ready to shock the boxing world once again.
Crawford vs. Horn and Jose Pedraza vs. Antonio Moran will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET., while the undercard, including the bouts of 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson and welterweight contender Jose Benavidez against fellow unbeaten Frank Rojas, will be shown on ESPN+ starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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"He was hard to tag and he just kept me guessing. He's a classy fighter who fought a great fight."Jeff Horn
"Crawford was just sharp in there. He kept on countering Jeff's shots one at time."Glenn Rushton
"I thought there were some close rounds in there, and it was definitely a premature stoppage. He got hit harder by Pacquiao."Glenn Rushton
"The key was to attack the body. I wanted to attack the body a lot more, but I took advantage of the cut on his nose and decided to go up too. I definitely want a world title opportunity. Puerto Rico will have another world champion very soon. I'm bringing the title home"Jose Pedraza
“I felt better tonight. Last time out, I hadn’t fought in nearly 18 months and there was some ring rust. I’m back and I want the winner of Horn and Crawford.”Jose Benavidez
“I worked hard for this fight, so I didn’t go in there trying to knock the guy out right away. But the knockout came. I caught him with some clean shots and he couldn’t get back up.”Jose Benavidez
“I thought I looked good enough. He was a guy who was 22-0 with 21 knockouts. I had a great camp, and the result showed that.”Jose Benavidez
"This is the strongest I've felt coming into a fight. I was focused on picking my punches and finishing him when I had him hurt. I'm definitely ready for a step up in competition in my next fight."Shakur Stevenson
“I’m just getting better at my craft. I’m working on setting up my punches, and the results show that.”Shakur Stevenson
"I feel great. This is my first win after graduating from high school. I believe this has never been done. I'm the youngest ever. I'm the chosen one. I want to keep improving with each fight that passes and continue moving up the ranks."Gabe Flores Jr.
“I picked up the pace every round, more punches. Now, I look forward.”Maxim Dadashev
“Perez is an excellent opponent, and this fight was great experience for me. This was my first 10-round fight. This is a great step for my career, winning this belt.”Maxim Dadashev
"The win ain't the thing I was concerned with. It was stopping him. He'd never been dropped, never been stopped. I came out here and made a statement."Steve Nelson
"I had him the entire time. I was just working in there, and eventually I broke him down."Steve Nelson
“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 and win the WBO welterweight championship. Jeff Horn and his team better be ready because they are going to see a bigger, stronger, and more powerful Terence Crawford. I am going home with that belt.”Terence Crawford
“We are excited to be fighting at MGM Grand and attempting to win another world title in a higher weight class, the welterweight division, which is stacked with talent. We are looking forward to fighting a really aggressive and determined fighter in Jeff Horn. June 9 will be another great night for Team Crawford in Las Vegas.”Brian "Bomac" McIntyre - Trainer/Manager, Terence Crawford
“It’s exciting to see Bud Crawford move up to the welterweight division. In Jeff Horn, he fights a big, rough, tough welterweight who won the title from one of the greats, Manny Pacquiao,”Bob Arum
“Defending the world title successfully a second time is a must. Crawford is a very talented fighter and deserves his accolades. I will be on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. Obviously, I am a very competitive guy who works really hard to achieve his goals. Crawford is a brilliant boxer, but I am coming to win, and I will win. Crawford’s trash talk has only inspired me that much more to shock the world once again.”Jeff Horn