Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/14/18
Horn vs. Crawford
Boxing: Saturday April 14, 2018 (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
The Line: Crawford -1700 / Horn +1100 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn fight Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the WBO welterweight title.
Terence Crawford enters this fight with a 32-0 record that includes 23 knockouts. This will be Crawford’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a August win over Julius Indongo. Crawford is coming off one of the easier wins of his career, as he produced a third round knockout in front of his home fans of Nebraska. Crawford will be defending a belt for the ninth time in his career and continues to make a case as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Crawford is 30 years old, who stands at 5’8”, has a 70 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Crawford doesn’t need much of an introduction, as he’s a high IQ boxer who doesn’t get in trouble often, has great patience and has the power to end things on his terms. Crawford has ended six of his last seven fights and four of his last seven fights have ended in the eighth round or earlier. There’s not much Crawford can’t do in the boxing ring when you also consider he can fight in either stance effortlessly and breakdown his opponent as well as land power punches when needed. This will be Crawford’s seventh career fight in Nevada.
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Jeff Horn enters this fight with a 18-0-1 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Horn’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Gary Corcoran. Horn is coming off an impressive 11th round knockout, and now he looks for the biggest win of his career to prove to critics he’s the real deal. Horn is a 30-year-old who is easily the best pound-for-pound boxer in Australia and will be defending his belt for the second time. Horn stands at 5’9”, has a 68 inch reach and lands accurate punches that has stopped four of his last five opponents. Horn dodges punches well despite limited athleticism and slips in quick, powerful punches that make him effective on counters. Horn has also proven he’s an extremely tough fighter and can take a pounding, as he was outboxed by Manny Pacquiao but managed to hang in there and force a controversial decision. Horn isn’t going to go down quietly, and his combination of power and toughness is enough to earn respect from other welterweights. This will be the first time Horn fights outside of Australia.
We’re going to learn a lot about Horn in this fight, as I was very critical of the victory he was handed against Pacquiao. He was outboxed nearly the entire fight and simply didn’t come close to earning the victory. Needless to say, I’m not buying the Horn hype, and I need to see him actually beat somebody worth mentioning before I get onboard. Crawford is arguably the best pound for pound boxer in the world, as he checks all of the boxes from IQ to power to putting his punches together with ease. Horn has never been in the ring with somebody as polished as Crawford. And yes, that includes Pacquiao, who is a shell of himself at nearly 40 years old. We usually see boxing lessons in spots like this, and it also hurts that Horn won’t have his home country behind him for the first time in his career.
Crawford wins this fight, likely by knockout.