Jeff Horn reveals exchange of words with Terence Crawford after staring contest

Boxing commentator Teddy Atlas takes shot at Aussie Jeff Horn ahead of Terence Crawford WBO welterweight bout

Boxing commentator Teddy Atlas takes shot at Aussie Jeff Horn ahead of Terence Crawford WBO welterweight bout

Two of the most powerful organisations in USA sport - ESPN and Top Rank - are banking on Crawford to beat Horn on Saturday, claim the WBO welterweight championship and become one of the faces of boxing in America.

Both fighters are staying at the MGM Grand Casino, where the fight takes place, and Crawford and McIntyre showed a clean pair of heels when they came face to face with members of the Horn camp on Tuesday. However Horn is one of those fighter that might just surprise all of us.

"It's very hard because you had Teddy Atlas in the ears of all the Americans talking up Pacquiao [before the fight]", Horn told ESPN.

McIntyre predicted it would be the start of a "takeover" in the welterweight division by the unbeaten Crawford, who is stepping up to the 66.67kg limit after winning titles in two lower weight classes - including all four junior welterweight belts. I have all the confidence in the world in Terence. "I feel like I'm sharp and ready to go", Crawford said.

"All through my fight with Manny Pacquiao, I was showing him the left and throwing the right, or the other way round".

"I just think that he comes in with the will to win".

To pull the upset, of course, Horn will need to find a way to slow down the slick and powerful Crawford by using his frenetic (and sometimes dirty) style that proved so much trouble for Pacquiao. We'll see Saturday night who's getting rocked and dropped.

"We just want this to be a fight where the guys are allowed to fight", claimed the promoter.

Terence Crawford's Brian McIntyre confronts the media at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. "I never look at it like the crowd will play a big factor".

"My response to that is, he needs to ask his fellow Australian [Clay Waterman]".

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A re-score of the fight the following week again ruled Horn the victor but did little to change the perception that he was gifted a hometown decision and would not have got the victory had the fight been outside of Australia.

Horn said he preferred to fight in the foam-padded gloves he normally used but that he would wear the horsehair gloves to match Crawford.

On the weekend, Horn and wife Jo relaxed in front of a magic show performance by Mat Franco, a victor of the television show America's Got Talent. "But once they get in with me, they're surprised at my strength and the angles I come off". "A lot of people felt that I didn't win the first fight against Pacquiao, but I felt I did win the fight and everyone around me thought I won the fight".

McIntyre has plenty of respect for Horn but wonders if he will be too tough for his own good.

Rushton said he anticipated a war on Sunday. I think his trainer is going to make him quit. His trainer will say "you can't go out there, you're taking a beating".

"He's in the same situation as I was, similar", Bradley said.

"I think Glenn is going to throw the towel in". I saw him at Walmart today picking out towels. "I know what he was doing that for".

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, visiting Horn in Las Vegas, said she was disappointed that Nevada boxing officials did not heed her appeal to ban the gloves from the welterweight battle.

That's not the only advantage Horn will bring to the ring. But the task ahead of him becomes clearer - and more daunting - by the day.

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