Crawford Pummels Horn to Win Welterweight Title

By: TC Martin

The fight was a mismatch from the moment that Bob Arum announced it.  It was a mismatch on paper, in theory and in reality it was a painful beatdown of Jeff Horn.  Terence Crawford, one of top two or three boxers in the world moved up in weight after an 11 month layoff to capture the WBO Welterweight title that was held by Horn.  Referee Robert Byrd mercifully stopped the bout at 2:32 of the 9th Round after Horn was rocked repeadilty by Crawford from the opening bell in front of a raucous crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night.

Crawford’s persistent attack of both the body and head left Horn with no defense and he was sent to the canvas with 50 seconds left in the ninth round.  Byrd stopped it after Crawford continued with a barrage of punches, calling a halt to the bout and awarding the undefeated champion a TKO victory.

Horn was fighting for the first time in the United States and his welcome package included getting the taste of the best fighter ever faced.  Horn earned the shot at Crawford after upsetting Manny Pacquiao last July in one of the most controversial victories in recent memory.  He then defended his 147 pound title by defeating a lesser opponent in Gary Corcoran last December.  Horn is not in the same class as Crawford and was basically a sacrificial lamb for Crawford, who will now start to challenge the top welterweights in the world for some big money paydays.

Crawford improved to 33-0, with 24 knockouts and will now look to fight any of the talented welterweights such as Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr, Shawn Porter or Danny Garcia.  However all of those fighters are under the Al Haymon umbrella which makes it difficult.  Arum still represents Manny Pacquiao, so if the popular Pacquiao defeats Lucas Matthysse in July, then the stage will probably be set for him to face Crawford.  At any rate, Crawford needs to stay active and showcase his talented skill set to the world, so they may see why he is arguably the best fighter in the world.


Author: TC Martin

“The Doctor” TC Martin is back in Las Vegas where his sports talk radio career began. The TC Martin Show has informed and entertained millions of sports talk radio listeners both nationally and locally since 1992. The program is unique in so many facets. From TC’s high octane personality and diverse knowledge to innovative production elements and quality special guests, the show is truly one of kind. The show focuses on the hot daily sports topics with energetic commentary and live listener interaction with a call-in format. The program is high on information and entertainment while giving listeners the opportunity to hear from the biggest names in the sports and the entertainment industry. Listeners appreciate the wide range of guests, knowledge and topics that TC brings on a daily basis giving listeners a much needed reason to tune in everyday. The TC Martin Show has aired nationally in over 100 markets on the Sports Entertainment Network and Sports Fan Radio Network originating from the Las Vegas studios. In local markets TC worked at KVEG (Las Vegas), KHTK (Sacramento) WDUZ and WNFL (Green Bay) and WSSP (Milwaukee). He worked very closely with all the professional and collegiate teams in those markets including hosting pre and post game shows and players and coaches shows. TC has a unique entertaining and passionate style that immediately connects with listeners. He is known as one of the most entertaining and well-rounded knowledgeable sports talk show hosts in the country. The TC Martin Show is an addictive and fun experience for all sports fans. More about TC... Wrestling and Boxing fans in Las Vegas may remember that TC founded the NWC (National Wrestling Conference) in 1994 and hosted the locally produced television program “NWC Slammin”. The NWC sold out monthly shows at it’s home venues The Silver Nugget and Aladdin Hotel & Casino. The NWC featured the biggest names in professional wrestling including The Ultimate Warrior, Cactus Jack, Sabu, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Jake The Snake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Man and so many more. TC also has been very involved in the boxing industry while announcing many boxing events in Las Vegas and promoting shows and managing world championship fighters.

Related News