Terence Crawford Defeats Jeff Horn By TKO, Becomes New Welterweight Champion

There will be no controversy this time over the decision for the WBO Welterweight title.

Terence Crawford defeated Jeff Horn by TKO on Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take the belt from the reigning champion. Horn, who defeated Manny Pacquiao in July 2017 in a controversial win, lasted nine rounds against his opponent, getting heavily outmatched through most of them.

The 30-year-old Crawford remains undefeated (33-0) in his career, and now is a three-division champion, becoming just the sixth boxer to win titles in lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight.

Crawford was the heavy favorite to win the bout, and was the stronger, more fundamentally sound fighter.

The first round was evenly matched, but that was essentially the only time Horn had any control over the fight.

By the third round, Crawford had landed 17 power punches on the welterweight champ, and unofficially was up 3-0 going into the fourth round, per the ESPN+ broadcast. It only got uglier for Horn from there, as Crawford continually landed jab after jab, gassing the Aussie and keeping him off-balance.

Horn never could quite get ahead of Crawford after the first round as the American’s speed and distance control was too much. He struggled to land many of his shots in the later rounds, and Crawford capitalized, using his quick foot and glove work.

Take a look at how the two compared through six rounds:

It never got easier for Horn as Crawford continued his beatdown, especially in the eighth round when he landed a flurry of punches. The referee called for the stop in the ninth round before Crawford could continue his onslaught.

Horn now is 18-1-1 while Crawford now has 24 TKOs in his career.

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