LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn does not make seight on his first attempt on the scales during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Horn will defend his title against Terence Crawford on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn does not make seight on his first attempt on the scales during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Horn will defend his title against Terence Crawford on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

Jeff Horn’s shock weigh-in fiasco

UPDATE: SO Dodgy scales and American shonks? Was that anything of a surprise ahead of tomorrow's Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford fight?

That's just the start. The Americans are doing everything they can to rattle Horn.

Security initially barred him and his team from entering the MGM Grand Arena for today's weigh-in and made the world champ wait several minutes at the gate before he was given access.

Then there were no seats for his wife and baby.

Las Vegas can be a very unfriendly, inhospitable place.

Down the road from Horn's hotel a man shot 909 people last year, killing 58 of them.

You only have to walk 100 metres from the foyer to be offered cocaine or prostitutes and, nearby, pedestrians were this week treated to the sight of an elderly, near-naked couple rolling along the concrete, copulating on the footpath before a cop shone a flash light into their bleary eyes.

Jeff Horn weighs in a second time and makes weight ahead of this weekend’s fight with Terence Crawford. Picture: Peter Wallis
Jeff Horn weighs in a second time and makes weight ahead of this weekend’s fight with Terence Crawford. Picture: Peter Wallis

An old man dressed in a sparkly white jumpsuit holding a microphone regularly steers a mobility scooter with the other as he rushes through the foot traffic on the sidewalks heading to his gig as a roadside Elvis.

This is the heaving, pulsating freak show that is the Las Vegas strip and Horn was always prepared for startling surprises ahead of the fight.

Today, he needed three attempts to make the 147lb (66.68kg) welterweight limit for his world title defence against Terence Crawford at the MGM Grand Casino tomorrow.

He claimed a set of dodgy scales provided by Crawford's promoter Top Rank was behind his struggle.

On his first try at 3.18pm he was 148lb and then going nude behind a black sheet he was 147.5.

He was given an hour to make the weight or forfeit the world title and finally came in spot on the weight 40 minutes later after a hot shower.

Horn said the scales provided for him by Crawford's promoters Top Rank were not calibrated the same as the official scales for the weigh in. He suspects it was deliberate.

"We tested on the official set of scales given to us by [promoters] Top Rank and my weight was fine,'' he said.

"I think there was something up their sleeve with this one because Crawford was just under the weight and I was just over. I thought I was under before we got here. There was a bit of play with the scales. We thought the ones given to us were calibrated correctly.''

He said he always suspected the Americans would play tricks with him. All the time that he was on the scales Crawford's gargantuan manager Brian ``Bomac'' McIntyre told him he was an amateur taking on the big boys.

Crawford was comfortably under the weight at 146.5lb on his first try.

Jeff Horn (R) and Terence Crawford at the weigh-in at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. Pic Peter Wallis
Jeff Horn (R) and Terence Crawford at the weigh-in at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. Pic Peter Wallis

"I'm bigger than him,'' Horn said. "He put his shoes on to look taller.''

At one stage Crawford made a play to grab Horn's world title belt but Horn wouldn't let go.

"Crawford said that's a nice looking belt, and I said `yes it is','' Horn said.

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said the battle with the scales was just an annoyance rather than a drama.

"Top Rank had a set of scales that they provided in the dressing room and they said they were definitely right,'' Rushton said.

"We allowed for a margin of error but we get down here and they were out by more than a pound.

"At the end of the day it doesn't mean anything because we are ready for the fight and nothing will derail us. We are ready for the fight of our life and Terence better be ready too because we mean business.

"Jeff is very calm. He doesn't look gaunt like he has for other fights. He has had no problem getting his weight down. It was just the calibration of the scales. Crawford looked a little smug but that will all be gone by round one.''

Rushton said Horn would be a little over 70kg after rehydrating before the fight.

A crowd of 1000 people including Aussie greats Jeff Fenech and Barry Michael were on hand to watch the weigh-in.

Jeff Horn v Terence Crawford Pay Per View will be broadcast on Foxtel Channel 507.

To order: www.mainevent.com.au

 

EARLIER: JEFF Horn has suggested his scales were tampered with after initially failing to make the 66.7kg welterweight limit for tomorrow's world title fight with Terence Crawford.

Horn finally made weight the day before his world welterweight title fight with American Crawford, but not before plenty of drama at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Horn, the former Brisbane schoolteacher who last year stunned Manny Pacquiao, initially weighed in just over the 147-pount threshold.

He weighed in at 147.51 pounds after believing he was already under the required weight.

He returned 45 minutes later and made weight without having to remove his underpants, much to the relief and then encouragement of the Australian supporters.

Horn said a representative from the Nevada Boxing Commission had brought scales to his room the day before the weigh-in, where he actually measured clearly under the limit.

"We tested on the official set so there was a bit of a play with the scales," said Horn.

"Crawford seemed a lot more jumpy today, really unsettled. They seem to think I'm actually a lot mentally weaker than I am."

Asked about the weigh-in drama, Horn hinted all was not right with the scales provided.

"We didn't want to lose 200 grams or (be) half a pound lighter than wha

t we need to be, so we aimed bang-on, and obviously the scales were a bit tricky," Horn said.

Jeff Horn weighs in heavy. Pic Peter Wallis
Jeff Horn weighs in heavy. Pic Peter Wallis

He risked giving up his world title belt had he not made weight.

When he stepped on the scales the first time, Horn was watched closely by Terence Crawford's trainer, Brian "Bomac" McIntyre.

And when Horn missed the weight, McIntyre and Crawford reacted predictably by laughing.

The Australian was booed after the weigh-in.

Horn was surprised to have missed weight and said he'd come in under weight when he tried it on scales in his hotel room.

"We tried it on the main scales in the room - obviously they've got it wrong up there because we were way under on our scales," Horn said.

When asked if he thought he would make weight, Horn was adamant.

"Yes, definitely. I thought I was going to be probably underweight. Obviously the scales are a bit tricky - oh well, I've only got half a pound to lose."

Terence Crawford made weight ahead of his fight with Jeff Horn. Pic Peter Wallis
Terence Crawford made weight ahead of his fight with Jeff Horn. Pic Peter Wallis

He returned 45 minutes later and made weight without having to remove his underpants, much to the relief and then encouragement of the Australian supporters

He risked giving up his world title belt had he not made weight.

When he stepped on the scales the first time, Horn was watched closely by Terence Crawford's trainer, Brian "Bomac" McIntyre.

And when Horn missed the weight, McIntyre and Crawford reacted predictably by laughing.

The Australian was booed after the weigh-in.

Horn was surprised to have missed weight and said he'd come in under weight when he tried it on scales in his hotel room.

"We tried it on the main scales in the room - obviously they've got it wrong up there because we were way under on our scales," Horn said.

When asked if he thought he would make weight, Horn was adamant.

"Yes, definitely. I thought I was going to be probably underweight. Obviously the scales are a bit tricky - oh well, I've only got half a pound to lose."