Jeff Horn is much more assured of victory after lastly seeing Terence Crawford within the flesh and shrugging off his makes an attempt to intimidate the Australian.
Crawford requested Horn if he was prepared throughout in a close to minute-lengthy staredown following their official pre-combat press convention on Thursday on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – the primary time they’ve crossed paths.
“I was like, ‘yeah I’m ready, are you ready?’ He said, ‘hell yeah I’m ready,'” Horn mentioned.
There had been no main fireworks, nor was there any hassle between trainers Glenn Rushton and Brian McIntyre, who’ve been at one another’s throats for a number of months.
Sporting a flashy blue swimsuit, Horn lower a relaxed determine as Rushton did his greatest to dispel myths about his cost’s popularity within the US as a rugged fighter with solely common technical expertise.
Crawford and McIntyre did not say a lot however after they did they took on a comfortable, menacing tone – or not less than tried to.
Horn appeared bodily the larger man however Crawford mentioned the incumbent WBO champion would find yourself “surprised” by his power and energy.
McIntyre predicted it could be the beginning of a “takeover” within the welterweight division by the unbeaten Crawford, who’s stepping as much as the 147 restrict after successful titles in two decrease weight lessons – together with all 4 junior welterweight belts.
None of it appeared to faze Horn and laughs broke out from his assist part when Crawford and his crew threw some verbal jabs.
“I found it entertaining, to be honest. They’re trying to get in my head … it was hilarious,” he mentioned.
Rushton mentioned: “There’s nothing that they said at all that caused me any discomfort whatsoever.”
“In fact I actually feel a lot more relaxed now.”
There had been extra chuckles, this time from the again of the room, when Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan mentioned Top Rank’s matchmakers had bought it flawed once more by choosing Horn as Crawford’s opponent.
“I’ve heard I’m a chump, I’ve heard I’m a fraud of the welterweight division,” Horn mentioned, referring to these within the US who proceed to doubt the legitimacy of his win over Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m just there to prove everyone wrong.”