Horn chasing KO to take fight out of the judges hands
JEFF Horn intends to blast from the blocks and smother Terence Crawford with an avalanche of punches in the opening round of their world title fight on Sunday.
While he has tried to keep his strategy secret, Horn has worked tirelessly over the last four months to perfect footwork and attacking angles that he believes will leave the unbeaten American looking like roadkill.
Horn defends his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title against Crawford at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday in the toughest test of his career and is intent on making a statement early.
"I really don't know if I should reveal my plan but I think anyone who has seen me training knows what's happening," he said.
"I'm not just planning a fast start, I'm planning a fast fight full stop. I've really worked on my footwork so I plan to move really quickly against Crawford, changing angles. Changing direction, hitting from unusual angles, moving in and out side to side all the time.
"I did that against Manny Pacquiao when I won the title but I've taken it another level for this campaign.''
Horn's coach Glenn Rushton has analysed hundreds of hours of Crawford in action and knows there are weaknesses in the American's weaponry.
The most obvious guide to Crawford's vulnerabilities came in his win over Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2014.
Crawford started slowly, was behind on points after four rounds and hurt in Round 9 before storming home to score a devastating stoppage.
"There are definitely weaknesses there that we intend to fully exploit,'' Rushton said.
"I have no doubt that Jeff will win this fight and we are going for the KO to take it out of the judges' hands.''
Most boxing experts are tipping Crawford, though.
Former world champ Timothy Bradley, who was a ringside commentator for Horn's win over Pacquiao, predicts a Crawford victory even though he thinks Horn will make it rough early.
"I think Horn, being a bigger guy, likes to move in quick, likes to get inside early, likes to work the pace and dictate the pace. I think he's going to try to close the gap on Terence really,'' Crawford said.
"I think he's going to try to push Terence back.
"I think Terence is going to struggle in the beginning only until he finds his rhythm. Once Terence finds his rhythm, meaning Horn's rhythm, then I think things will open up and Terence can control the distance from the outside and time Horn as he comes in.
"I think that Horn will put up a good fight, but I think Terence Crawford has too much precision, too much boxing IQ. He's a great counterpuncher. He can punch in between shots. There are just so many dimensions to him as opposed to a guy like Jeff Horn.
"I believe that this fight will be a tougher fight than Manny Pacquiao because there is so much more dimensions to Terence Crawford than to Manny Pacquiao. You know what you're going to get when you fight a guy like Manny Pacquiao. He's coming to get you. Terence, on the other hand, is multi-dimensional. So he can make adjustments on the fly without his corner even telling him to make adjustments.''
Jeff Horn v Terence Crawford
WHEN: Sunday, June 10 (AEST)
WHERE: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
TIME: Not expected before 11am AEST
Jeff Horn v Terence Crawford Pay Per View will be broadcast on Foxtel Channel 507.
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