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Terence Crawford awaits a shot at Jeff Horn-Gary Corcoran winner

Terence Crawford shows off his belt collection. Photo by Mikey Williams / Top Rank


The calendar for the year in boxing 2018 is starting to flesh out a tiny bit.

The best – or second or third-best – boxer on the planet is two-division champion Terence Crawford and, but of course, he is atop many watch lists and we want to get a sense of when he’s gloving up for his inaugural 2018 scrap.

That will become clearer after Jeff Horn’s WBO 147-pound crown defense takes place in Australia, against Brit Gary Corcoran, on December 13. And Crawford will be real close, so he’ll get a close-up gander at with whom he’ll be tasked, adding to his scalps list. Yes, Crawford will head to Australia, with Team Top Rank, and sit ringside to watch Horn-Corcoran, says TR bossman Bob Arum. Depending on how Horn vs. Corcoran plays out, the promoter said we’d see that winner meet Crawford in March or April.

And, pray tell, where? Back to Nebraska for “Bud”? Or New York City again? “To be determined,” Arum answered. “If Horn wins, I’d expect the same crazy publicity (in his native land of Australia), along those lines, that we saw for him against (Manny) Pacquiao (last July). It would again be on ESPN and it would be very, very big, big enough to do in a big arena in Las Vegas. Horn has said his dream is to be in a main event on the big stage in Vegas. Terence’s fans from Nebraska are so avid, you’d get 5-to-6,000 from Nebraska to Vegas; I think.”

A programming note: You can watch Jeff Horn vs. Gary Corcoran on Wednesday, on the morning of December 13. “Our good friends at ESPN,” Arum said, will be showing Horn vs. Corcoran, live, at 6:15 a.m. ET, 3:15 a.m. on the West Coast.

So, either load up on caffeine before and make it an all-nighter…or set the alarm and get a strong pot percolating.




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  • Lion king

    We all know what’s going to happen, the good thing for boxing is that Spence jr wants all the belts.

    • Fist_ti_cuffs

      The sad part is that he’ll never get a chance as BA will keep Spence far far away from his new top fighter.

      • ceylon mooney

        arum does like to stop the good fights from happening.

      • Charlie U.

        Huh? How can Bob Arum keep Spence away? Don’t you mean Al Haymon?

        • Joe Abba

          This is more typical “white guy is bad, black guy is perfect” that allows “fans” keep verbally fellating Al Haymon. Would’ve been nice to see Spence KO Cotto

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          Nope BA will not allow his fighter to be in Spence’s presence. The only way BA allows other camps to fight guys from his camp is if he is signing the checks.

  • Chris Smith

    Hopefully in Vegas and no later than April. I love watching Bud ply his trade.

  • Steve

    I’d rather see Bud go to Australia if Horn wins. It always looks better beating a champ on his home turf, particularly one with the support Horn enjoys. Just hope Crawford is more active in 2018.