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Jeff Horn: I’m not scared of Terence Crawford

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Jeff Horn faces Terence Crawford on June 9.

Jeff Horn Training Session Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

WBO welterweight titleholder Jeff Horn is less than two weeks away from his showdown with top pound-for-pound contender Terence Crawford in Las Vegas, and the 30-year-old Aussie battler says he’s trained harder than ever for the fight.

From FOX Sports Australia:

“I’m not scared of this guy. You have to be confident in boxing, if you go in there thinking you’re going to lose then that’s exactly what will happen. ... I’ve worked harder for this fight than I ever have. I’ll be pushing hard, pressuring him throughout the fight. I’ll be thinking about my family, about my wife and daughter, going to the places that lift me when I need to dig deep.”

Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO) scored a controversial upset over Manny Pacquiao last summer to lift the WBO title, and made a defense in December against Gary Corcoran.

But he’s the massive underdog against Crawford (32-0, 23 KO), a two-division champion coming up from 140 pounds to invade the crowded and star-studded welterweight division. Add in that he’ll be fighting in the U.S. for the first time as a professional, and he’ll have to be better than he’s ever been if he’s going to win this one.