Dramatic Debut: Terence Crawford a knockout in first welterweight bout

Terence Crawford left knocks Jeff Horn of Australia off his balance during their welterweight title boxing match Saturday

After the fight, Crawford had said in an interview that he would be up to fight some of the other champions at welterweight, which includes WBA champion Keith Thurman, IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. and the WBC title which is vacant and being contested by Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter.

Horn is 30 and not likely to get much better - although he might get a bit smarter.

Horn has struggled to make weight previously but his camp was supremely confident about his preparation, saying he was in the best shape of his life and woke up needing to lose only 1kg on Saturday.

Crawford, a traditional right-hander who fought southpaw most of the bout, dominated from the start, using both hands to pepper Horn throughout.

When he came back to the scales he was right on the money - 147 pounds - and then lobbed a grenade at Top Rank, who promote Crawford and have a co-promotional deal with Horn that expires after this fight.

"I feel like I'm getting better and better, feel like I'm stronger, more energised, I feel like this is a great division for me".

The fight wrapped up a insane week with Horn almost getting stripped of his title on the scales on June 8.

Terence Crawford celebrates after defeating Jeff Horn of Australia in a welterweight title boxing match Saturday
Dramatic Debut: Terence Crawford a knockout in first welterweight bout

Horn climbed back from a knockdown in the ninth but was all target as the American unloaded another flurry of punches to force local referee Robert Byrd to end what had been a brutal one-way beating. If he wants to fight three times a year or four times a year, we've got the dates for him.

Terence Crawford, left, knocks Jeff Horn, of Australia, off his balance during their welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. I think they underestimated me a little bit. Crawford landed 26 of 54 punches in the third round and it was clear he found his rhythm. It's the highest praise I can give a fighter, a welterweight, that he reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard.

The sixth round was as close to a winning round that Horn would see, but Crawford continued to serve a shutout by blocking punches and countering with stinging jabs to the face. While Crawford seemed ambitious in the post-fight interview to step in with the best 147 pounders in the world, he would be wise to consider fighting the victor of Danny Garcia-Shawn Porter prior to going up against a puncher like Spence, JR. "The future is unlimited". I believe I'd do well with any fighter in the welterweight division. "That to me is a great, great compliment because I always thought Leonard was the best, and this guy is equal or better than Ray".

The following April, Crawford moved up to junior welterweight to capture the WBO title by stopping Thomas Dulorme in Texas.

He defeated Julius Indongo last August to become the undisputed super lightweight world champion.

Jeff Horn (R) and Terence Crawford at the weigh-in at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas.

Terence Crawford doesn't think moving up in weight will be an issue. According to betting site Vegas Insider, Crawford is a -800 favorite, while Horn is a +550 underdog.

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