TERENCE Crawford and his team are licking their lips at the prospect of facing Jeff Horn.
While all roads lead to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on December 13th, where Horn makes the first defence of his WBO welterweight crown against Gary Corcoran, it would be remiss to dismiss the enormity of a salivating collision between Horn and the uber-talented Crawford.
Crawford’s long-time trainer and co-manager, Brian McIntyre, who runs the B&B Boxing Academy in North Omaha, has continued to voice his interest in having Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) face Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) in his debut as a fully fledged welterweight, and are hoping to secure confirmation of the March 10th date proposed by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO).
Given the reluctance of Manny Pacquiao and his team to return to Brisbane for a Horn rematch, it would be easy to understand if others would adopt the same mentality. However, McIntyre offered no hesitation when probed about a preferred location for the fight.
“We really don’t care,” McIntyre said in an interview with The Australian. “I just believe in Terence’s skills. It would be great if it was over here in Omaha or Vegas. But if we had to come over there that wouldn’t be a problem. That’s what champions do.
“Terence is definitely the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world as I look at it. Other people might put him at two or three.”
Most consider Horn’s next opponent, the unheralded Gary Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs) as cannon fodder for the Australian. But despite the lengthy odds against him, McIntyre believes that the London-based challenger will provide Horn with a reasonable challenge in their looming date.
“He doesn’t look bad at all,” McIntyre said of the Englishman. “He might have a chance. Whoever wins, we’re just excited to be fighting for the title. He was on the edge of getting knocked out or stopped (against Manny Pacquiao) but he got back into the fight.”
Providing Horn delivers on his end, McIntyre sees the fight being an overdue challenge for Crawford, who has won his six of his previous seven fights by knockout, including impressive performances against Felix Diaz, Thomas Dulorme, Dierry Jean and unified titleholder Julius Indongo.
“I see him being determined and going up against Terence, being the champion, it is going to make for a good fight,” he concluded. “Jeff fights in a determined way. He is going to be determined to keep his belt.”
“It is going to give Terence a good challenge.”
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