Jeff Horn misses against Terence Crawford. Pic: Peter Wallis
Jeff Horn misses against Terence Crawford. Pic: Peter Wallis

Horn v Crawford: Where the fight was lost

JEFF Horn's reign as WBO welterweight champion has come to a crashing end at the hands of Terence Crawford, who claimed the belt with an utterly dominant display in Las Vegas.

Crawford was a class above from start to finish, totally overwhelming Horn to hand the Australian a comprehensive defeat - his first in 20 professional fights.

Referee Robert Byrd stopped the fight with 27 seconds to go in the ninth round.

Here's how the fight unfolded.


Switch-hitting Crawford began the fight boxing in an orthodox stance, but quickly switched to southpaw. Horn was the aggressor and landed the best punch of the round, a right to Crawford's shin that let the cocky US fighter know it was going to be no pushover. Horn looked comfortable and quick. Horn 10/9


Crawfod was cautious as he tried to work out Horn's awkward style. But that is how he fights, adjusting as he consumes information. Midway through the round he landed a good right hand to Horn's chin. Horn kept coming forward but wasn't as clean as Round 1. Crawford started to look more comfortable. Crawford 10/9


Crawford started to explode in a worrying sign, connecting with a pair of big left-hand punches. Horn typically kept coming only for Crawford to catch him late with two crisp right leads. Horn started to look tired while Crawford seemed on top of his game. Crawford 10/9

Jeff Horn tries to duck under a Crawford right. Picture: Peter Wallis
Jeff Horn tries to duck under a Crawford right. Picture: Peter Wallis


After a quiet opening 90 seconds, Horn seemed to have regrouped and started taking the fight to Crawford, who was moving less in his side to side movement. But it was a better round for Horn, although Crawford was cleaner and scored with more punches, as a couple of wild right hands from the Aussie missed.


Crawford started to put on a clinic, hitting his rival at will. He seemed totally in control of the fight as Horn continued to rush wildly and miss badly. The expected size factor wasn't playing a significant role for Horn. Horn looked very tired by the end of the round whereas Crawford was brimming with confidence. Crawford 10/9


With the fight slipping away from him, and his belt with it, Horn stalked Crawford until midway through the round when the challenger again picked Horn off with lightning left jabs. It was a better round for Horn, but he didn't connect enough to take it. Crawford 10/9

Terence Crawford takes control.
Terence Crawford takes control.


Now requiring a knockout to retain his title, Horn started to plant himself for a big punch but couldn't find an opponent who was too elusive, too classy and clearly one who lived up to his billing as one of the best on the planet. Horn's hand speed was still good but he just wasn't landing enough clean shots. Crawford 10/9


Crawford had taken the centre of the ring as he set Horn up for a KO, and halfway through the round he connected with two good lefts. Crawford didn't seem to fear his opponent and totally dominated the last 30 seconds with a succession of big shots. There were some worrying signs for the Australian. Crawford 10/9


It was more of the same with Horn fighting southpaw as he had done for most of the fight. He seemed to be weathering the storm until Crawford unleashed a torrent of blows and dropped Horn with a minute to go. He then finished Horn off before the referee wisely stopped the fight. Typically, rather than be gracious in victory, Crawford began by poking his tongue out before attempting to remonstrate with Horn's corner.