Q&A: Derrick James

By Jeff Zimmerman

Derrick James, trainer of world champions Errol Spence Jr. and Jermell Charlo (who defends against Austin Trout tonight on Showtime), talks to Fightnews.com®.

How has it been with two world champions, Spence Jr. and Charlo, in camp at the same time and balancing the time?

It’s tough. I still work a full-time job. I workout with them, my legs are killing me, they are sore right now. Yes, it’s very tough, but it’s very pleasing at the same time. I enjoy it, I enjoy my job and I’m very happy. Jermell has been looking really good in sparring, really good in camp. And I’m very pleased, so I feel good about it. Continue reading “Q&A: Derrick James”

By Jeff Zimmerman Derrick James, trainer of world champions Errol Spence Jr. and Jermell Charlo (who defends against Austin Trout tonight on Showtime), talks to Fightnews.com®. How has it been…
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IBHOF Fist Casting 2018

By Boxing Bob Newman

The International Boxing Hall of Fame held it’s first marquee event of the 2018 induction weekend with the annual fist casting on the museum grounds Friday in Canastota, New York.

On hand to have the tools of their trade cast to be forever on display were 2018 inductees Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, broadcasters Jim Gray and Steve Albert. Current and former ring stars Miguel Cotto, Kelly Pavlik, Robert Guerrero, Jarrett Hurd also dipped their mitts in the plaster of Paris mixture for preservation.

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By Boxing Bob Newman The International Boxing Hall of Fame held it’s first marquee event of the 2018 induction weekend with the annual fist casting on the museum grounds Friday…
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Lee beats Hernandez for NABO title

Undefeated WBO #3 world ranked light heavyweight Mike Lee (21-0-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez (19-4-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Scores were 97-93 across the board for Lee, who won the NABO title. After the fight, Lee named Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as someone he would like to face and said he’s ready to challenge for a title at either 168 or 175.

2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Tervel Pulev (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Armando Ancona (8-8-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. The brother of top-rated heavyweight Kubrat Pulev, Tervel quickly knocked down the outmatched Ancona. Ancona got up, but after a few more punches the referee stopped the fight. Time was 2:06.

Super middleweight Demar Singleton (10-2-1, 6 KOs) scored a last minute TKO over local favorite “White Lightning” Tommy Hughes (6-1, 3 KOs) in the sixth and final round. The referee stopped the fight due to a cut that Hughes sustained earlier in the fight. Time was 2:30.

Undefeated WBO #3 world ranked light heavyweight Mike Lee (21-0-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez (19-4-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the…
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Shot of the Day

We’ve heard of boxers carrying opponents, but never like this!

Photo: Stacey Verbeek

We’ve heard of boxers carrying opponents, but never like this!


De La Hoya stops Salgado, remains unbeaten

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

In the main event at Verona, New York’s Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado picked up where they were supposed to start six months ago. This fight was originally supposed to come off in December 2017, but Diego weighed in a whopping four pounds heavy and the bout was scrapped.

In fact, this was mildly in jeopardy as De La Hoya was heavy again, this time by a quarter pound, An hour later, it was all systems go as he made weight on the money to defend his NABF/NABO super bantamweight titles in the ring, instead of losing them on the scale. Continue reading “De La Hoya stops Salgado, remains unbeaten”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman In the main event at Verona, New York’s Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado picked…
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Crawford makes weight, Horn sheds poundage

Jeff Horn 148 vs. Terence Crawford 146.5
(WBO welterweight title)

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Horn first weighed 148 pounds. He then stripped and weighed 147.5. He had an hour to lose the weight and came back later at 147 even.

Jose Pedraza 135 vs. Antonio Moran 134.4
Jose Benavidez 146.5 vs. Frank Rojas 147
Shakur Stevenson 126.5 vs. Aelio Mesquita 127
Maxim Dadashev 140 vs. Darleys Perez 139.5
Steven Nelson 172 vs. DeShon Webster 171.5
Gabriel Flores Jr 134.5 vs. Jorge Rojas 134
David Kaminsky 161 vs. Trevor Lavin 160.5

Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN+ (stream)

Jeff Horn 148 vs. Terence Crawford 146.5 (WBO welterweight title) Horn first weighed 148 pounds. He then stripped and weighed 147.5. He had an hour to lose the weight and…
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Santa Cruz, Mares, Charlo, Trout make weight

Leo Santa Cruz 125.4 vs. Abner Mares 125.8
(WBA featherweight title)

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Jermell Charlo 154 vs. Austin Trout 154
(WBC super welterweight title)
Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Venue: Staples Center
Promoter: Ringstar Sports
TV: Showtime

Leo Santa Cruz 125.4 vs. Abner Mares 125.8 (WBA featherweight title) Jermell Charlo 154 vs. Austin Trout 154 (WBC super welterweight title) Venue: Staples Center Promoter: Ringstar Sports TV: Showtime

Fury outweighs Seferi by 65 lbs

Tyson Fury 276 vs. Sefer Seferi 211

Photo: Stacey Verbeek

Maurice Hooker 139.25 vs. Terry Flanagan 139.3
(WBO junior welterweight title)
Photo: Stacey Verbeek

Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: Showtime YouTube/Facebook

Tyson Fury 276 vs. Sefer Seferi 211 Maurice Hooker 139.25 vs. Terry Flanagan 139.3 (WBO junior welterweight title) Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK Promoter: Frank Warren TV: Showtime YouTube/Facebook

Weights from Chicago

Mike Lee 174.2 vs. Jose Hernandez 174.2
Tervel Pulev 209.5 vs. Armando Ancona 209
Tommy Hughes 168 vs. Damar Singleton 168.5
Nick Mazurek 245 vs. Jamal Woods 246
Mike Jimenez 168 vs. Brandon Maddox 167
Sarah Curran 154.5 vs. Edith Ogoke 151
Johnny Lewus Jr. 136 vs. Carl Curry 136.5
Oscar Ortiz 160 vs. Antoine Elerson 161

Venue: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Promoter: Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions
TV: CBS Sports Network

Mike Lee 174.2 vs. Jose Hernandez 174.2 Tervel Pulev 209.5 vs. Armando Ancona 209 Tommy Hughes 168 vs. Damar Singleton 168.5 Nick Mazurek 245 vs. Jamal Woods 246 Mike Jimenez…
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Pacquiao-Matthysse Undercard announced

Before the Pacquiao vs. Matthysse WBA welterweight championship bout on July 14 at the famous Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, three other title fights will heat up the event.

Unbeaten WBA light flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs), of Venezuela, will stake his crown against 2016 Chinese Olympian Lu Bin (1-0, 1 KO), an amateur standout attempting to win a world title in his second pro fight. Veteran Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24 KOs), of South Africa, will battle it out with Pakistani star Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant IBF flyweight crown. And Mexican featherweight Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (26-1-1, 12 KOs) locks horns with unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs) in an IBO world title fight.

Tickets went on sale Thursday. Prices are $5,000, $2,000, $1,000, $500, $350, $250 and $125. The 16,000-seat venue is expected to be sold out. Pacquiao is also the promoter of the event. “This is what we have been waiting for. Let’s get on with the fights,” said Pacman, who has already logged in more than 20 rounds of sparring. Matthysse has been training in California.

Before the Pacquiao vs. Matthysse WBA welterweight championship bout on July 14 at the famous Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, three other title fights will heat up the event. Unbeaten…
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Floyd Mayweather hits pause on MMA career

By TMZSports.com

Bad news for Conor McGregor … Floyd Mayweather’s changed his mind about an MMA fight — telling TMZ Sports he’s way too busy to take a fight in the Octagon any time soon. “I’m not thinking about fighting right now,” Floyd told us while shopping with his crew in Beverly Hills.

Remember, Floyd was flirting with the idea of taking an MMA fight in 2018 — with his eyes on McGregor — and even reached out to UFC champ Tyron Woodley to set up a training program. Continue reading “Floyd Mayweather hits pause on MMA career”

By TMZSports.com Bad news for Conor McGregor … Floyd Mayweather’s changed his mind about an MMA fight — telling TMZ Sports he’s way too busy to take a fight in…
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Pulev rips Whyte, Matchroom a new one

Kubrat Pulev commented today on this morning’s press conference in London where Dillian Whyte and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, announced that instead of fighting him, Whyte would be facing recently dethroned WBO champion Joseph Parker.

“After Epic Sports won the purse bid for my IBF elimination bout against Dillian Whyte with a bid of $1.5 million, double what Whyte’s own promoter, Eddie Hearn [of Matchroom Boxing] bid, I was expecting Whyte and his promoter to run away from the fight, but I didn’t expect from them to be such jerks about it,” Pulev said. “They are extreme manipulators and plain schizophrenics. I can’t believe what I’m hearing and what a tricky way they chose to run away from the fight in Bulgaria.Continue reading “Pulev rips Whyte, Matchroom a new one”

Kubrat Pulev commented today on this morning’s press conference in London where Dillian Whyte and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, announced that instead of fighting him, Whyte would…
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Crawford, Horn finally meet

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

After the months of trash talk, Terence “Bud” Crawford and WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn met face to face for the first time. Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), the pound-for-pound great from Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a world title in a third weight class against the unbeaten Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs). This is what the main event fighters had to say at Thursday’s press conference.

Terence Crawford: “He’s viewing me as this small welterweight. Come fight night, he’ll see otherwise. I just feel like that’s good for him. He’s coming in hungry and determined, and that makes for a good fight. I’m going to be prepared for whatever he brings. Come Saturday, he might get hurt.” Continue reading “Crawford, Horn finally meet”

After the months of trash talk, Terence “Bud” Crawford and WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn met face to face for the first time. Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), the…
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Weights from Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA

Matt Conway 134.1 vs. Arturo Reyes *140.4
(IBA International Lightweight Title)

Thomas Mattice 141.5 vs. Jorge Mungia 144.2
Justin Steave 154.3 vs. James Robinson 153.6
Mike Conway 135.9 vs. Latorie Woodberry 137.1
Joey Holt 171.5 vs. Larry Blakey 169.6
Roque Zapata 154.3 vs. Eric Bledsoe 151.9

*Only Conway may win title due to Reyes missing weight

Amateur bout precedes pro card

Promoter: Made Men Promotions
Friday June 8, 2018
Doors open at 5:00, and first bell is at 7:00. Tickets are priced $100, $75, $60, $50, $45 and $30 and are available at www.mademenboxing.com or the door.

Matt Conway 134.1 vs. Arturo Reyes *140.4 (IBA International Lightweight Title) Thomas Mattice 141.5 vs. Jorge Mungia 144.2 Justin Steave 154.3 vs. James Robinson 153.6 Mike Conway 135.9 vs. Latorie…
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Santa Cruz-Mares 2 Final Press Conference

Featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and four-time world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face at the final press conference Thursday, two days before they enter the ring for their highly-anticipated rematch this Saturday, June 9 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Leo Santa Cruz: “I’ve learned a lot from my last few fights. I’m not coming in here worried about losing, I just worry about giving the fans a great show. If Mares is better than me that night, then he will win. But I’ve worked too hard and I’m going to be at my peak on Saturday night…I think the winner of this fight will be number one in this division. Gary Russell Jr. is a great fighter and I definitely want a rematch of our amateur fight. But me and Abner put a lot of pressure on our opponents and I don’t think Gary would like the pressure from either of us.

Abner Mares: “I could stand up here and tell you what I’m going to do Saturday, but you’ve seen the first fight. You know how exciting the first fight was. I have even more to prove and I’m going to leave it all on the line this time…our focus isn’t on looking for a stoppage. That was my mistake the first fight. I tried to destroy him. I’m going to follow instructions and show I’m the better fighter in there. If I win Saturday night, and the fight is just as exciting as the first one, I’m ready for a trilogy. Let’s make it happen. Continue reading “Santa Cruz-Mares 2 Final Press Conference”

Featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz and four-time world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face at the final press conference Thursday, two days before they enter the ring for their highly-anticipated…
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Weights from Verona, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman


Diego de la Hoya 122* vs. Jose Salgado 122
NABF & NABO Super Bantamweight titles
Travell Mazion 152.5 vs. Daquan Arnett Pauldo 153
Isaac Rodrigues vs. Frankie Filippone
Alex Rincon vs. Engelberto Valenzuela
Lawrence Gabriel vs. Jimmy Levins
Danielito Zorrillo 138 vs. Julio Perez 138
Armus Guyton vs. Mike Diorio

*De La Hoya originally weighed in 1/4 lb. heavy

Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Matchmaker: Roberto Diaz
Television: USA ESPN2, web ESPN3.com

By Boxing Bob Newman Diego de la Hoya 122* vs. Jose Salgado 122 NABF & NABO Super Bantamweight titles Travell Mazion 152.5 vs. Daquan Arnett Pauldo 153 Isaac Rodrigues vs.…
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Flanagan: He’s just another American

Undefeated 140-pound contenders Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker faced off on Thursday just two days before they meet for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight World Championship on Saturday at Manchester Arena. Flanagan vs. Hooker serves as the chief support for the long-awaited return of former unified heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. Both bouts will stream live exclusively to U.S. audiences on the SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page and SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel.

Terry Flanagan: “I’m more than ready. I’ve prepared well, and I’m expecting a good night. Of course he believes in himself, like the last few Americans that have come over. He’s just another American I’m going to add to the list. I’m confident. I’m stronger and I’m bigger, fitter. I’m more than ready. I know what he’s going to bring, and I’m prepared for the best Maurice Hooker. … I think I need to step up now and show people what I’m about.” Continue reading “Flanagan: He’s just another American”

Undefeated 140-pound contenders Terry Flanagan and Maurice Hooker faced off on Thursday just two days before they meet for the vacant WBO Junior Welterweight World Championship on Saturday at Manchester…
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Weights from Long Island

Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez 139.4 vs. Justin Savi 136
Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James 148.8 vs. Kaesen Freeman 150.4
Johnny “The Hitman” Hernandez 136.2 vs. Juan De La Cruz Rodriguez 137.8
Michael Stoute 124.8 vs. Andrew Strode 124.6
Johnathan Arroyo 148.2 vs. Anthony Woods 153.4

Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing

Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez 139.4 vs. Justin Savi 136 Tyrone “Pretty Boy” James 148.8 vs. Kaesen Freeman 150.4 Johnny “The Hitman” Hernandez 136.2 vs. Juan De La Cruz Rodriguez 137.8…
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Golovkin Camp floats 45/55 split

WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has rescinded his 50/50 purse split demand for a September rematch with Canelo Alvarez. The GGG Camp is now floating a 45/55 split in Canelo’s favor, the same split used for the 2015 Canelo-Cotto fight. The split in the first GGG-Canelo fight was reportedly 30/70 in the redhead’s favor.

Golovkin was stripped of his IBF title Wednesday for not finalizing a defense against little known IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko, who will now get to fight another contender for the organization’s vacant belt.

WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has rescinded his 50/50 purse split demand for a September rematch with Canelo Alvarez. The GGG Camp is now floating a 45/55 split in Canelo’s…
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Norberto Jimenez back in action June 23

By Robert Coster

WBA #2 Super-Flyweight contender Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez returns to the ring on June 23 in Santo Domingo, a prelude to challenging for the world title at a later date this year. The colorful Jimenez (28-8-4, 16 KOs), a favorite of Dominican boxing fans, will be facing Renson Robles (12-3, 6 KOs) of Venezuela. “Meneito,” unbeaten in the last 7 years, previously faced the rugged Robles in 2016, winning a decision over the visitor. Continue reading “Norberto Jimenez back in action June 23”

By Robert Coster WBA #2 Super-Flyweight contender Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez returns to the ring on June 23 in Santo Domingo, a prelude to challenging for the world title at a…
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Culcay steps in for injured Bösel

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Jack Culcay is now headlining Saturday’s SES card in Leipzig, Germany. Originally, European light heavyweight champion Dominic Bösel was slated to meet his mandatory challenger Enrico Kolling, but Bösel suffered an Achilles tendon problem and is scheduled for surgery this week. “Golden Jack” (23-3, 11 KOs), now campaigning at middleweight, meets Spaniard Adasat Rodriguez (17-7-2, 10 KOs) for the vacant EBU EU belt.

Photo: fotobasis.de/U. Koch

Jack Culcay: “My opponent Rodriguez is, of course, taller than me – I’m already used to that. He always wants to use the forward gear and get into a slugfest. I have to prevent that and take advantage of my speed. This will help me assert myself in the middleweight division. By the middle of next year, I want to go after the world title. Then I’ll gladly go against my friend Gennady Golovkin!”

Enrico Kolling will still be on the card against an opponent to be named.

Former WBA super welterweight world champion Jack Culcay is now headlining Saturday’s SES card in Leipzig, Germany. Originally, European light heavyweight champion Dominic Bösel was slated to meet his mandatory…
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Charlo: I got a knockout streak going and I want to continue it

By Jeff Zimmerman

It was a hot, quiet day last week at the R&R Boxing Club in Dallas, Texas, where WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) and his trainer Derrick James were preparing for a light workout as they wound down camp and put together the finishing touches to fight former world champion Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs) as the two collide on Saturday at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Photo: Noe Gonzalez

Charlo was in a great mood and is having the time of his life as he showed off his million-dollar smile throughout the workout. He even engaged in conversation about the Jack Johnson pardon and North Korea.

Charlo talked with FightNews.com® about working with his stablemate Errol Spence Jr, his amazing relationship with James and what he expects against former champion Trout. Continue reading “Charlo: I got a knockout streak going and I want to continue it”

By Jeff Zimmerman It was a hot, quiet day last week at the R&R Boxing Club in Dallas, Texas, where WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) and…
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Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker clash on July 28

Dillian Whyte will meet Joseph Parker in a crunch Heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28. This is interesting because ESPN just reported that Parker and Bryant Jennings had agreed to terms for an August 18 fight. Guess not. Whyte and Parker are supposed to meet face-to-face today at a press conference in London to officially announce their fight.

Whyte is on the cusp of world title action after he destroyed Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO of the Australian in London in March to defend the WBC Silver title and number one ranking he’d landed by beating Robert Helenius in Cardiff in October.

Parker is back in the UK after fighting in the Welsh capital in a historic unification battle with Anthony Joshua in March, with Whyte’s old foe handing a first career defeat for the New Zealand star on points. Parker is in Britain for the third fight in a row having made his second defense of his WBO crown against Hughie Fury in Manchester in September 2017. Continue reading “Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker clash on July 28”

Dillian Whyte will meet Joseph Parker in a crunch Heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28. This is interesting because ESPN just reported that Parker and Bryant…
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Shafikov beats Suarez, Bohachuk still unbeaten

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/360 Promotions

Three-time former IBF lightweight world title challenger Denis Shafikov (39-4-1, 20 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Hector “El Estudiante” Suarez (12-7-1, 6 KOs) on Wednesday night at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Scores were 80-72, 77-75, 79-73. Shafikov, who was coming off two consecutive losses, was in command all the way.

Also, unbeaten junior middleweight Serhii “El Flaco” Bohachuk, (9-0, 9 KOs) made quick work of late sub Cesar Berumen (26-38-3, 16 KOs). After two knockdowns in round one and another in round two, the carnage was mercifully halted.

Three-time former IBF lightweight world title challenger Denis Shafikov (39-4-1, 20 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Hector “El Estudiante” Suarez (12-7-1, 6 KOs) on Wednesday night…
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Crawford, Horn media workout

Terence “Bud” Crawford looks to conquer yet another weight division Saturday evening, when he challenges WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Both fighters worked out for the media Wednesday at the MGM Grand.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Terence Crawford: “I feel like I’m in the same boat right now as when I was coming up in weight. Thomas Dulorme was a 147-pounder and he came down in weight to fight me for the title and everybody was saying he was this big, strong puncher and saying that I was too small. But I went for it and I prevailed, and I feel like I’m in the same predicament when I was moving up from 135 to 140.”

“I just try to get the victory. I need to go in there and be focused and not overconfident and do what I’ve got to do to get the job done.”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Jeff Horn: “It has definitely been a hard road to get to where I am. I had to fight very hard. The mindset is that I am coming in as an underdog even though I am a world champion. I have had to fight some messy fights and when I can start showing myself to everyone around the world is when I can start thinking differently.

“I don’t think about the underdog status. I had that before in the Manny Pacquiao fight. I will do what I did for that fight and that is not worry about that and just worry about what I’m going to do in there and make a fight of it and be competitive and win. Just keep thinking along those lines.”

Terence “Bud” Crawford looks to conquer yet another weight division Saturday evening, when he challenges WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Both fighters…
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