TWO undefeated world champions are set to square off and according to the oddsmakers this fight shouldn’t be competitive. Have they got it wrong for once? Is Jeff Horn being disrespected and overlooked? Or is Terence Crawford really that special and the next pound-for-pound king? The showdown on Saturday June 9 should go a long way towards answering these questions.
Crawford comes into this fight rightly touted as one of the best fighters in the sport today. A switch-hitting virtuoso who has so far become the kingpin in two weight divisions, he has set his sights on a third. In this era of multiple belts per weight class, Crawford won the lineal title at lightweight, then moved up to light-welterweight and did the same there before unifying and becoming the undisputed champion (he claimed every notable belt in the weight class). To say what Crawford did is rare and should be heralded is an understatement. Terence Crawford thus far in his career has shown great adaptability, great boxing skills and a vicious mean streak when required. I cannot shake the feeling when watching Crawford that I am witnessing a modern-day Marvin Hagler (as a huge Hagler fan this is the ultimate compliment). Should Crawford claim a significant title in his third weight class he will set up lucrative, mouth-watering fights with the likes of Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia. The carrot is well and truly being dangled in this fight.