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Jeff Horn will “shock the world” against Crawford

Australian boxing champion Jeff Horn might be the underdog with the bookies, but pundits are increasingly backing ‘The Hornet’ to defend his title in Las Vegas next Sunday.

Just three years ago, Jeff Horn left his career as a school teacher in Brisbane to pursue a full-time career in boxing. In less than two years, he would capture the WBO Welterweight championship, with his sights now set on headlining the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against undefeated American Terence Crawford.

Crawford has 32 fights with no losses. 23 of those wins have come by knockout.

By comparison, Horn comes in with 18 wins and a draw from 19 bouts. 12 of his wins came via knockout.

Boxing author and journalist Grantlee Kieza says the bookies in America have got it wrong by touting Crawford as the favourite.

“In America, they’re not giving Jeff Horn much of a chance. They kind of see him as a guy who fluked a win over Pacquiao, but that’s not the case,” Kieza told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cam Reddin.

“I believe he’s much better than a 50-50 chance of winning. I think he can win the fight and win it well,” Kieza said.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather heaped praise on Crawford during the build, describing the number one contender as a younger version of himself. However, some have suggested Horn’s lack of exposure in the US could play into his favour.

“I think Crawford is going to get a real surprise at just what Jeff Horn can do in this fight,” Kieza said.

Listen to the full interview below:

Cam Reddin