Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn welterweight title bout rescheduled for June 9 in Las Vegas
The top 147 pounders have a new date after Crawford suffered a hand injury
The welterweight title bout between Jeff Horn and former undisputed 140-pound champion Terence Crawford has a new date.
Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO title for the second time when he faces Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, promoter Top Rank announced Thursday. Broadcast information has not been finalized although it's expected the fight will air on ESPN or the forthcoming ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
The fight was originally scheduled for April 14, serving as Crawford's official debut at 147 pounds. But Crawford pulled out with a right hand injury,over his toughness.
"It's exciting to see 'Bud' Crawford move up to the welterweight division," Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said. "In Jeff Horn, he fights a big, rough, tough welterweight who won the title from one of the greats, Manny Pacquiao."
Australia's Horn, 30, a former school teacher turned Cinderella story,last July in their all-action fight in Brisbane. His attempts to lure Pacquiao into a rematch proved unsuccessful, as did Top Rank's attempt to book the Filipino icon into a co-main event slot on the original April 14 card, bumping it up to the pay-per-view level with hopes of the winners facing each other.
"I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 and win the WBO welterweight championship," Crawford said. "Jeff Horn and his team better be ready because they are going to see a bigger, stronger, and more powerful Terence Crawford. I am going home with that belt."
The card is expected to go head-to-head with a strong featherweight title rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares on Showtime.
"Defending the world title successfully a second time is a must," Horn said. "Crawford is a very talented fighter and deserves his accolades. I will be on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. Obviously, I am a very competitive guy who works really hard to achieve his goals. Crawford is a brilliant boxer, but I am coming to win, and I will win. Crawford's trash talk has only inspired me that much more to shock the world once again."
Crawford, 30, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, knocked out Julius Indongo last July to unify all four recognized titles at junior welterweight.
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