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Terence Crawford’s introduction to the welterweight division was a dominant one on Saturday as he disarmed and clinically dismantled WBO champion Jeff Horn. Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs), who unified all four 140-pound titles last August, became boxing’s latest three-division champion with a ninth-round TKO of Horn at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“Like I told you all before, I’m strong,” Crawford said after the fight. “You all didn’t believe me, and I was way stronger than him. You all kept telling me how strong he was but you didn’t give me enough credit, and I had to show you all.”

The 30-year-old Crawford, who entered as the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, according to CBS Sports, also made a strong case for his supremacy in the entire sport. Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs), a native of Australia, was simply never in the fight and saw his trademark aggressive style routinely picked apart by Crawford’s clean counter shots.

“He’s a very good boxer,” Horn said. “I knew he was going to be on the back foot countering. I thought I could beat him coming forward, and it proved to be a bit too much. Well done, Terence Crawford, a great fighter. He was strong and didn’t seem like a smaller guy, that’s for sure.”

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How dominant was Crawford? The native of Omaha, Nebraska, outlanded Horn 155-58 and connected on just shot of half of his power shots, according to CompuBox. He also closed the bout by connecting on 47-of-77 power shots over the last two rounds as Horn’s output steadily faded.

Crawford began to mix in body shots over the final three rounds to further slow Horn down and closed Round 8 by wobbling his opponent with a combination. Crawford’s attempt at sharpshooting one round later led to Horn’s exit as Crawford rocked him with a left uppercut and floored him moments later on a combination as Horn’s glove touched the canvas.

After Horn regained his feet, Crawford continued to pour it on along the ropes, forcing referee Robert Byrd to jump in and end the fight.

“I was just slightly off balanced,” Horn said. “I wish I could keep going until the end, but the ref said to me that he has my interests at heart, and I’m sure Jo, my wife, was happy about it.”

Horn, 30, saw the end of his real-life “Rocky” story that has grown over the past few years after he transformed from a high school physical education teacher to a world champion. Horn upset Manny Pacquiao last July via disputed decision in Australia but never once had Crawford hurt or in trouble during Horn’s first fight in the United States. 

“You all tried to compare me to Manny Pacquiao. See what I just did to him?” Crawford said.

If Crawford’s performance wasn’t enough of an announcement to the remaining welterweight titleholders, “Bud” closed with a formal declaration.

“We here. Like I said, my power carried up and my physicality got stronger. We here now,” Crawford said. “I want the other champions. I want the big fights. Bob [Arum, Top Rank promoter], let’s make it happen.”

Crawford vs. Horn scorecard

Jeff Horn (c)

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

72

Terence Crawford

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

TKO

80

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