Super bouts on the line for Hor­net

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - PHIL ROTHFIELD

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)

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