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Terence Crawford dominates Jeff Horn in unilateral beatdown

LAS VEGAS – Three things were clearly clear Saturday from Terence Crawford's destruction of Jeff Horn in their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden.

Crawford is on a completely different level than most others in boxing. Only WBC lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. is in the same universe as Crawford in terms of talent and achievement.

Crawford's unilateral beatdown of Horn, which ended at 2:43 of the ninth round when Judge Robert Byrd mercifully stepped in and stopped it shows how bad it was Manny Pacquiao. Horn won a decision over Pacquiao last year in Australia, and while it was a close call that many Pacquiao fans moan should have gone their husband's road, there is no doubt that life and death were in there. By contrast, Crawford was dominant from the beginning to the evil end and it was never doubtful who the better man was.

The bolt also showed the incredible chin Horn possesses. He took clean, hard shot from Crawford all the time, but especially from the third round onwards. He went down at the end of the eighth after a combination but ate badly blowing shots and continued trying until Byrd wrapped his arms around him to save him from any injury.

There seems to be no other than Spence who can compete with Crawford at welterweight on even terms. Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are outstanding fighters and would give Crawford a fight, but Crawford seems to just have a cut above.

His footwork is magnificent and allows him to quickly enter the battlefield and then slide out. He has good head movement and can slide shots and is a real puncher who sees the smallest of openings and can avail them. Most of all, he is a boxing savant who knows how to control the pace and pace of a battle so that legends like Floyd Mayweather, Sugar Ray Leonard and few other customers.

We are looking at a full-time good at work, a guy who can end up being one of the greatest in this era if he continues on the way he is on. There is nothing he can not do, and he gets better with each excursion.

He cracked Horn, which was perceived to be the bigger and stronger fighter who went in and never in danger.

"As I said before, I was the stronger guy," Crawford said. "I'm stronger than him. I had to get into the ring and prove it. You saw what I did inside. Now I want all champion on welterweight."

Crawford was so good at Dean Lonergan, Horn's promoter , said "He's a future Hall of Famer."

Terence Crawford celebrates after defeating Jeff Horn, Australia, in a welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)

It was such a dominant victory and stress-free performance that made it possible for promoter Bob Arum to track President Donald Trump during the post-war conference. After calling Trump "a traitor to this country," Arum raised his attention to Crawford and compared Crawford with legendary Sugar Ray Leonard.

Leonard is one of the top three welterweights ever and one of the top 10 fighters ever, so it was a big celebration, but not completely incredible. Crawford needs to string together much more significant gains to be on Leonard's level, but he seems to lead in that direction.

"The highest praise I can give to a warrior in the welterweight or in any of the mid-level vikings is to say that he reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard," says Arum. "To me, it's a great compliment. I thought Ray was the best and this guy is equal or superior to him. "

Crawford is so mastery in the ring that he is two or three steps ahead of his opponents. Spence is a massive puncher, but Horn coach Glenn Rushton said he would go with Crawford in a mythical matchup between the two welterweight greats.

"I think Terence Crawford is too slick for Errol Spence Jr.", says Rushton, as he believes that Spence has a significant edge over Crawford, is power.

It's always easy to rave about a fighter after he has won an impressive victory. The true test of the greats is consistency over time and beats over and over again.

This is the next test that will confront Crawford, who said he wants to fight against all elite welterweights in an attempt to reconcile the titles again. If he could do that, it would put him in a rare company.

"Incredible" 2016 US Olympic Shakur Stevenson, who made a second round of Aelio Mesqui take on the subcard, said about Crawford. "It was amazing."

It was actually. It was the best fighter in the world who threw a hard, gritty champion-caliber opponent in one-sided fashion. Crawford led on all three cards, 80-72, and never seemed threatened by Horn.

He is the best at this point and the good news for boxing fans is that he seems to be better each time. The best is not yet to come.

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