Super bouts on the line for Hornet
HUGE CHALLENGE: Boxing promoter Bob Arum (left) and undefeated Terrence Crawford. JEFF Horn’s fight with British welterweight Gary Corcoran in Brisbane next month has become a $10 million springboard for two super fights in 2018.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says Horn will fight unbeaten American Terrence Crawford in Las Vegas in April, with the winner to meet boxing great Manny Pacquiao in August.
So confident is Arum of Horn winning in Brisbane on December 13, 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–Floyd Mayweather super fight in August.
Crawford, his trainer and Arum will be ringside next month for the Horn-Corcoran bout at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
And Arum insists that if anyone can stop Crawford, Horn is the man.
“We’ve been analysing it,” Arum said. “Crawford is a superior fighter but at the same time you’ve got to realise that he started as a lightweight and then junior welterweight.
“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.
“Whether he can beat Crawford, that’s another thing, but of all the fighters out there he’s got the best chance. He’s got a big heart.”
Promoter Dean Lonergan insists his man Horn is focused only on Corcoran.
The fight will be shown on Main Event’s pay per view.
“It’s a massive year but Jeff’s got to get past Corcoran first,” Lonergan said.
“His whole year will live or die on the result of this next fight. In many ways it’s more important Pacquiao.”
Arum says Crawford-Horn would sell out T-Mobile Arena in April. And Horn, the former schoolteacher who lives in Brisbane, would suddenly become one of Australia’s highest-earning sports stars.
“It would be a massive, massive fight,” Arum said.
“If it takes off the way I think it will, the upside for Jeff will be enormous.
“Crawford has this tremendous following from Nebraska in the mid-west and his fans travel. My hope is a lot of Aussies will come over for the fight too.”
Arum revealed he had spoken to Pacquiao’s camp recently.
“Manny is now making noises about coming back,” he said. “We’d put him in a warm-up fight and then fight the winner of Crawford-Horn.
“We’d do it again in Brisbane if that was to happen on a Sunday afternoon, and show it live into America.” than (Manny)