Ecstatic Horn gets ‘what we always wanted’
WITH one month to go before Jeff Horn battles Terence Crawford in Las Vegas, the Aussie star has won a crucial battle against the undefeated American.
Experienced Australian referee Ignatius Missailidis, has been assigned as one of the judges to score the 12-round, WBO world welterweight title fight in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 (AEST).
The Nevada State Athletic Commission also announced the other two judges as Nevada's Burt Clements and Italy's Guido Cavalleri.
Nevada's vastly experienced Tony Weeks will be the referee for what could be the biggest Australian sporting moment of 2018.
Horn said he welcomed the appointment of neutral international officials as Nevada normally appoints only officials from within its state boundaries.
"This is what we always wanted,'' Horn said.
"We have an Australian judge, an American judge and a judge from a neutral country.
"It makes for a level playing field and I can't wait to get in there and defend my world title.''
Horn will enter the ring as the reigning champion but he will start a rank outsider for the second defence of his WBO world welterweight title against Crawford in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 (AEST).
The 30-year-old Aussie is defending his title for the second time in nine months.
He first claimed the belt with an unanimous decision over Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao at a packed Suncorp Stadium in July before retaining his title with a TKO win over UK boxer Gary Corcoran in December.
Horn, who reached the quarter-finals of the light-welterweight division at the 2012 Olympic Games, has never lost a professional bout, while 30-year-old Crawford is unbeaten in 32 stoushes including 23 knockouts.
Crawford knocked out Julius Indongo in August to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion. He vacated the belts and moved up a weight division for a shot at Horn's WBO title.
Horn: 18 wins (12 KO, 6 by decision), 1 draw
Crawford: 32 wins (23 KO, 9 by decision)
WHERE: Mandalay Bay Events Centre, Mandalay Bay Casino
WHEN: April 15, approx. 4pm (AEST)
ODDS (LADBROKES): Horn $6, Crawford $1.13