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Terence Crawford Dominates Jeff Horn En Route to 9th-Round TKO Crawford dominates Horn to win WBO welterweight title
Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2018, 04:12

After unifying the titles in the junior welterweight division past year, Crawford was looking for a new challenge that simply was not available to him as a light welterweight.

Unbeaten Terence Crawford punished Jeff Horn en route to a ninth-round technical knockout on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to seize the Australian's World Boxing Organization welterweight world title.

It was, as Crawford called it, "The start of the takeover".

LAS VEGAS - Terence "Bud" Crawford put the welterweight division on notice in a major way.

Crawford had no such troubles, tipping the scales at 146.6 pounds (66.45kg), ahead of what will be his first fight in this division, having won titles in two other weight classes.

Then it was on to the welterweight division that boasts fighters such as titleholders Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman, not to mention former champion Manny Pacquiao and former titleholders Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter. He fought once since, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to retain his title.

"It's hard but you know, I'll keep growing, keep climbing", a teary Horn said after the fight.

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Crawford added, "He came in there with the intention of roughing me up and getting aggressive but the thing he didn't understand was how strong I was, so I think they underestimated that aspect". It's boxing, so anything can happen. "You know, y'all didn't believe me and I was way stronger than him". You saw what I did in there. "Maybe Spence can be at [Crawford's] level".

Crawford also explained that Horn did not offer any surprises in the ring. They are tremendous but different.

"I compare him, and it's the highest praise that I can give a fighter. that he reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard", promoter Bob Arum said.

Crawford's skills came to life in the eighth round, as he went upstairs-downstairs near the end of the round, working the head and the body before closing the round with a monster right that staggered Horn. Crawford's previous 10 opponents landed 7 per round.

Arum said Crawford is on his way to stardom and will stay active. "We've been out of the ring for a long time and we're happy to be back". I felt like I just displayed my talent and my power.

Crawford dropped Jeff Horn with 50 seconds left in the ninth and sent him into the ropes with a slew of punches, ending the fight and winning the WBO welterweight title.

Crawford flashed a smile at Arum and said, "Let's get that money". "I wouldn't say I was getting bored at 140, but it was getting kind of tiresome, and now you got all these fighters at 147 that have names for themselves, and that makes for an exciting division". "That to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best, and this guy is equal or better than Ray". "He's a classy fighter who fought a great fight". "Now I want all the champions at welterweight". If he wants to fight three fights a year or four fights a year, we have the dates for him.