It’s no secret to anyone, let alone to Team Horn, that Jeff Horn is the underdog when he defends his WBO welterweight title against Terence Crawford on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Crawford (32-0, 23 KO) is, after all, considered by some to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today, and at the very least is an elite contender for that title, and that’s in the view of anyone who matters at all.
But trainer Glenn Rushton believes that Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO) has the skills and intangibles to score what would be another big upset:
“Crawford is a brilliant boxer. He has all the skills. He can switch stances. He’s equally effective going forward or backward, and he has laser-like precision with his punches.
“But at the end of the day he is just a man and in Jeff Horn, he is up against a boxer who last year beat a legend. Jeff has got the self-belief, the boxing skills, a heart as big as Suncorp Stadium and a granite chin. You put them all together and Terence Crawford is facing a pretty potent package.’’
Right now, Bovada, to take just one sportsbook of the seemingly billions, has Crawford listed as a -1400 favorite, which is a huge line, with Horn at +750.
So make no mistake: if Rushton is right and Horn can pull this off, it is absolutely an upset, and a big one, even though Horn is the defending champion and has the win over Manny Pacquiao from last year.