It's becoming increasingly difficult to oppose Crawford but Horn has a reputation for upsetting the odds. Will he do it again at a big price? Frankie Monkhouse offers his thoughts on the betting.....
"Terence Crawford features in the top-10 pound-for-pound lists of my dedicated followers of the sport and it’s little wonder with the 30-year-old winning each of his first 32 professional contests"
Fight fans burning the midnight oil have an intriguing meeting from the welterweight division to look forward to in the early hours of Sunday morning as two unbeaten world champions put their reputations on the line.
Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford face-off at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas over 12 rounds for the WBO world title. On paper this looks a competitive match-up, but odds compilers have thrown the weight of their support behind the American and have him as an odds-on favourite. Horn is no stranger to causing an upset - will he do it again?
Hornet big price to sting the bookies
30-year-old Australian Jeff Horn travels to America for the biggest fight of his life boasting a 18-0-1 record with the spare draw coming early in his career due to an injury suffered after three rounds vs African Rivan Cesaire. A minor set-back but The Hornet wasted no time dwelling on it, rhyming off a 15-fight winning run.
That purple patch includes a career best win over Manny Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane last summer. A rank outsider for the fight many expected him to simply make up the numbers as an Australian audience got a rare glimpse of a boxing superstar, but the local lad hadn't read the script, boxing his way to a shock points decision, winning 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 on the scorecards.
It seems traders haven't learned their lesson and those looking to support the underdog will find a stunning 11/2 available on the Betfair Sportsbook. Enough of a price to make value hunters sit up and pay attention but there's bigger still if pushing your luck in the method of victory market. Another Horn points win is 12/1 or those who see him extending a 63% KO average can have 10/1. Both Sportsbook prices.
Crawford nailed on favourite
Terence Crawford features in the top-10 pound-for-pound lists of my dedicated followers of the sport and it's little wonder with the 30-year-old winning each of his first 32 professional contests, 23 of those wins coming by way of knockout. The Nebraska born technician made a winning bow in 2008 when stopping countryman Brian Cummings and his form since has earned him a clutch of titles including the WBO world title.
Brits got their first proper look at Crawford's ability when he came over to dethrone Scotland's Ricky Burns in Glasgow four years ago. Rickster was picked by the bulk of experts to get the nod but ended on the wrong side of a points verdict with the 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 closer than many thought it should've been.
Since beating three-weight world champ Burns, Bud has gone from strength to strength beating the likes of Viktor Postol, Raymundo Beltran and Julius Indongo. The latter was a third round KO win last summer and that run goes some way to explaining why there's [1.19] on the Exchange to win the fight. Another early night is favourite at 4/6 with 2/1 there for supporters of a points win.