‘You have to be prepared for anything’
JEFF Horn relaxed last night watching a Las Vegas magician as Terence Crawford finally admitted Australia's world welterweight champion is a man of many tricks.
Horn is planning a high-pressure, fast-paced start to their battle for the WBO title on Sunday and was rushing through Vegas on foot with wife Jo like an anonymous tourist yesterday to pick up his tickets to see illusionist Mat Franco for a brief few hours of relaxation.
The bigger, stronger Horn has Crawford's heart racing.
``I tell everybody Jeff Horn is a real crafty type of guy," Crawford told BoxingScene.com. "On the outside, you look at him and you don't think much of him. But then, when you're inside the ring with him, he's strong, he's durable, he's off rhythm and he's got a different type of fighting style that can beat anybody on any given day. You have to be prepared for anything from him come fight night."
Crawford is unbeaten in 32 fights and has six KOs in his last seven fights including a mauling of Olympic gold medallist Felix Diaz.
But moving up in weight, he is facing the biggest opponent of his career.
``A lot of people don't look at the real details," Crawford said.
"They don't see his feints, his angles, his punch selection. Things like that, those are the things that I look at, the things that he does that are different, that are unorthodox and can frustrate a fighter."
Crawford said he expected Horn to use his size and strength to intimidate him and Horn was yesterday urged by New Zealand boxing great Kevin Barry to ``bring out the mongrel''..
``I'm prepared for that," Crawford said. "I feel like he's gonna come in there and try to bully me, and use his strength. And that's something that we're gonna be up for. He fights to win. I love a person to fight to win, because I'm coming in there to fight to win and that's gonna make for an exciting fight."
Horn's strength and unorthodox style has also impressed Irish boxing great Barry McGuigan.
The former world featherweight champ wrote this week in Britain's Mirror newspaper, that Horn was ``one awkward hombre''.
``As we saw against Pacquiao, he does everything slightly out of kilter. He looks like he has no rhythm,'' McGuigan wrote.
``But those guys are often so hard to time. You think you can catch them, but it is hard to nail them clean.
``Horn is physically strong. He's not a terrific puncher but has respectable power and he's good in the clinches, and closes opponents down.
``Crawford is a slickster who hurts you. He likes to fight on the counter until he smells blood.
``Then, his already-accurate punches come in greater volume, carrying real spite and weight.''