Jeff Horn training in Las Vegas ahead of Sunday’s fight against Terence Crawford
10 June, 2018, 22:54
Horn became a star of sorts thanks to his win a year ago over Manny Pacquiao before a packed crowd in an outdoor stadium in Brisbane.
The difference between the standard of their rooms says everything about who they are, and where they stand in the boxing world - particularly with Bob Arum's Top Rank, who are footing the bill for their accommodation.
Brisbane's world champ has also spent the last 16 weeks concentrating on explosive plyometric exercises to ensure his foot speed has gone to a new level, presenting Crawford with angles so sharp they could cut. Horn believes Crawford will have a problem dealing with his size.
"It wasn't that hard", Horn said.
Horn is hitting like a heavyweight.
After badly damaging both fists in fights in New Zealand in 2014 - against Brazilians Fernando Ferreira da Silva and Robson Assis - Horn began a martial arts program created to strengthen the hands against future damage.
"We knew the Top Rank matchmakers made a mistake putting [Pacquiao] in with Jeff Horn, and it turned out that that was the case", he said.
"If that's what he's banking, if that's his strategy, that he's gonna be stronger, that's how they feel".
Horn said the horsehair gloves "definitely change the dynamic of the fight".
"They make it more risky, " he said.
But anyone with even a remote sense of neutrality saw the fight far differently, and knew it was a close one regardless of how it was scored.
Jeff Horn in Las Vegas sporting a Queensland State of Origin jersey
"He's nothing that I haven't faced before in the ring", Crawford said. The quicker the better. I would love to take him out in round one. "That would really shock the world".
Horn said illusion was the key to success in boxing, too and that sleight of hand was a key factor in beating Crawford on Sunday.
"He's not the only one that came in headbutting and throwing elbows, " Crawford said. "He's coming in hungry and determined, and that makes for a good fight".
Joe Santoliquito, the current president of the BWAA, suggested that Crawford, indisputably the finest boxer to come out of Omaha, Neb., and arguably in the top three in any sport along with baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson and Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Rodgers, has not been lacking for recognition, having received the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year Award from the writers' organization in 2014.
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