PROMOTER: ‘SOMEONE COULD DIE’
Gloves off in Horn camp’s warning to Crawford
JEFF Horn’s multimilliondollar world title fight against American Terence Crawford is under threat after the promoter of Australia’s world champ warned that someone could die using the controversial boxing gloves proposed for the grudge bout.
Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, has echoed the grave fears of the great Floyd Mayweather, saying the Everlast MX gloves that use horse hair as a filling instead of foam should be banned.
Horn is due to receive $2.5 million for risking his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title against the unbeaten American at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas on June 9.
The MX gloves are known as “puncher’s gloves’’ because the filling can be pushed back towards the wrist so that fighters have very little padding over their fists, making the impact of a punch the same force as a bare-knuckle blow.
Throughout his career, Mayweather, who compiled a 50-0 professional record and the greatest fortune of any fighter in boxing history, refused to take part in fights where horsehair gloves were used.
He famously banned his last opponent Conor McGregor from using them even though McGregor was a boxing novice.
Mayweather famously said of horsehair gloves: “There ain’t no padding in the gloves. This is boxing, not bare-knuckle brawling. It is supposed to be a sport, even if it’s a brutal sport.
When Horn and trainer Glenn Rushton heard Crawford was going to use the MX gloves, they immediately volunteered to do the same, saying the gloves would suit Horn more because he is the big- ger fighter and heavier puncher. But Lonergan said he had “a duty of care’’ to both boxers.
Last night Lonergan wrote to Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, and a number of leading officials to demand that the MX gloves be dropped for the fight. He wrote: “Bob, it has come to my attention that Terence Crawford is going to fight on June 9 in a custom Everlast MX horsehair glove and as a result Jeff Horn will be doing the same.
“Horn has never fought in horsehair gloves before and is doing so only because Crawford is choosing to. Jeff usually wears the Everlast Powerlock, which is a foam glove.
“After completing research on this issue I am very much against this horsehair type of glove being used on June 9 and I think we should put pressure on Crawford to not use this type of glove. If Crawford doesn’t wear the Everlast MX horsehair glove and reverts to a foam glove, Horn
will revert to his usual foam-padded glove. I think we as promoters have a care of duty to our fighters, and there is no doubt that the horsehair glove, particularly the Everlast MX, is a brutal glove, elevating the fight past boxing to what the greatest defensive fighter of all time, Floyd Mayweather, describes as bare-knuckle brawling.’’
Lonergan also sent the letter to Crawford’s manager, Brian McIntyre, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic commission Bob Bennett, the president of the WBO Francisco “Paco’’ Varcarcel and Australia’s WBO representative Danny Leigh.
Lonergan, a former New Zealand rugby league Test forward, said: “I would also ask the question, ‘If these gloves are used, and there is a serious injury or worse and it comes down to the difference in the type of glove used, who carries liability for the outcome and what will that liability be?’
“Jeff Horn won’t stop no matter how much pain he is in. He will keep going. Crawford should be extremely concerned about facing Jeff Horn with these
Australia’s fearless World Boxing Organisation welterweight champ Jeff Horn.