In a totally one-sided, dominant performance, Terence Crawford became a three-division world champion by taking the WBO welterweight title from Jeff Horn, dropping him once and stopping him at 2:33 of the ninth round.
Crawford (33-0, 24 KO) took Horn apart from pretty much the opening bell. He was too quick, too sharp, too accurate, and even too strong for Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO), who was expected to be the bigger and physically stronger man by most coming into the fight, really the only advantage most pundits felt he had.
But Horn had zero answers for Crawford, who stung him repeatedly to the body and head, beat up on him in a couple of rounds, including an eighth round that saw Horn nearly go down late in the frame.
Crawford took that momentum and closed the show in the next three minutes, pushing Horn back to the ropes with a combination that caused Horn’s glove to touch the canvas for the knockdown. Crawford continued to press from there, and referee Robert Byrd made the right decision to step in.
BLH had it 80-72 for Crawford at the time of the stoppage.
“I’m strong. Y’all didn’t believe me. I was way stronger than him. Y’all kept telling me how strong he was, and y’all didn’t give me enough credit,” Crawford said after the fight.
“We here. My power carried up, my physicality got stronger. We here now. Y’all tried to compare me to Manny Pacquiao. You see what I just did to him.”
Crawford also said he wants “the other champions,” and the “big fights” at 147.
“He’s a very good boxer. I knew he was gonna be on the back foot countering. I thought I could beat him coming forward, but he caught me a bit too much,” Horn said. “Well done to Terence Crawford. Great fighter. He was strong. He didn’t seem like a small guy, that’s for sure. We weighed in the same, so good on him.”
Asked about the stoppage, Horn said, “I wish I could keep going until the end, but the ref said to me he’s got my interests at heart. I’m sure Jo, my wife, is happy. I just rebuild from here.”