Craw­ford first on Horn’s hope­ful hit list

Sunday Herald Sun - - SPORT - PHIL ROTHFIELD

JEFF Horn’s fight with Bri­tish wel­ter­weight Gary “Hell­raiser” Cor­co­ran in Bris­bane next month has be­come a $10 mil­lion spring­board for two su­per­fights in 2018.

Top Rank pro­moter Bob Arum says Horn will fight un­beaten Amer­i­can Ter­rence Craw­ford in April, with the win­ner to meet boxing le­gend Manny Pac­quiao in Au­gust.

So con­fi­dent is Arum of Horn win­ning in Bris­bane, he has al­ready re­served T Mo­bile Arena for April 7 for Horn to make his Las Ve­gas de­but against Craw­ford, the Amer­i­can with 32 wins from 32 fights.

It’s the same 20,000-seat venue that hosted the Conor McGre­gor ver­sus Floyd May­weather su­per-fight.

Craw­ford, his trainer and Arum are com­ing to Aus­tralia to be at ring­side for Horn-Cor­co­ran on De­cem­ber 13 at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Arum in­sists that if any­one can stop Craw­ford, Horn is the man.

“We’ve been analysing it. Craw­ford is a su­pe­rior fighter but he started as a light­weight and then ju­nior wel­ter­weight,” Arum said.

“He’s not go­ing to be a big wel­ter­weight. Horn out­sizes him. That was a cru­cial dif­fer­ence in the Pac­quiao fight. Jeff was so much big­ger than Manny.

“A guy like Horn who’s ag­gres­sive and takes the fight to his op­po­nents is al­ways go­ing to be a very dan­ger­ous ri­val.”

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