Terence Crawford: I’m going to be ‘bigger, stronger and more powerful’ at 147 pounds
Terence Crawford is already recognized as one of the sport’s elite talents.
The Omaha, Nebraska, native unified titles at lightweight before becoming undisputed champion one weight class above. Now, Crawford will attempt to win a title at welterweight in his first foray at 147 pounds.
THE RING’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter was originally scheduled to fight Australia’s Jeff Horn on April 14, but Crawford suffered a hand injury and withdrew. The bout was officially moved to June 9 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, to be televised on an ESPN platform, and the title Horn grabbed from Manny Pacquiao last year will be on the line.
“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 and win the WBO welterweight championship,” Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) 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 30-year-old was plenty strong at 140 pounds, and there’s no denying his speed, power and ring IQ, but it remains to be seen how he’ll adjust to the best weight class in boxing.
Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) is perhaps the biggest welterweight in THE RING’s top 10 (he’s No. 5) and figures to outweigh Crawford by at least 15 pounds on fight night.
There’s no debate on who the better fighter will be, but Crawford must prove he can deal with Horn’s strength and size, which was an issue for Pacquiao last summer.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger