Monday, 18 December 2017 05:28

Terence Crawford vs Jeff Horn: Why it won't happen... soon

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After his controversial win over fight legend Manny Pacquiao in July, newly-crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn 18-0-1, 12 KOs) was calling out all the big names in and around the division, including Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) .

Now, Crawford is the mandatory for Horn who successfully defended his title last week against Gary Corcoran.

Should we expect Horn vs Crawford anytime soon?

Answer: No!

Team Horn wants no piece of Terence Crawford and never did. Terence is too much risk for the reward.

Moreover, after getting $1 Million to face fringe contender Corcoran, there's not a chance Horn will fight Crawford, one of the best in the world, for under $3 Million.

If you're Team Horn you're probably looking for ways to make $3 Million a lot easier, even if it takes 2-4 fights to get there.

“I can tell you now, Jeff won’t be fighting Crawford for $1 million,” Dean Lonergan, Horn's manager, told the Courier Mail.

“This is a huge fight, pitting a man who beat an 11-time world champ (Pacquiao) against a fighter who is unbeaten in 32 bouts and regarded by many as the world’s best boxer, pound-for-pound. This will be one of the biggest fights in the world in 2018.”

One of the biggest fights in 2018?

Horn vs Crawford?

Not quite, Dean.

Horn vs Mundine
According to rumors, Horn has been offered a $2 million payday to face countryman and former world champion Anthony Mundine (47-8, 27 KO) in Australia. Mundine is 42 and has lost 3 of his last 4 bouts.

Even if Top Rank's Bob Arum can equal that for a Crawford showdown, who Team Horn will select is a no-brainer. In fact, unless Horn can somehow get at least $4 Million to face Crawford, fighting Mundine would be the wiser - and safer - choice.

... Risk vs reward.

The cultivation process... It's not a bad thing
Look for Horn to relinquish his WBO welterweight title to face Mundine at super welterweight. He might receive closer to $1.5 Million than $2 Million but Mundine would still be the preferred option over Crawford.

A win over Mundine keeps Horn unbeaten and relevant while a lopsided KO loss to Crawford would severely reduce Horn's inflated stock.

If you're Team Horn, you'll want to keep building on the momentum Jeff gained from upsetting Pacquiao while making sure he's improving his craft along the way. 

Let's not forget, he's had only 19 pro fights and, WBO title or not, isn't ready to face guys like Errol Spence, Keith Thurman and Crawford.

Horn is still being cultivated and needs more ring experience before facing an opponent of Crawford's pedigree.

He faced Pacquiao last year only because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and he had nothing to lose. Now, as a celebrity and fighter whose stock is high, he has much to lose.

Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.