Terence Crawford: 'There's a lot of holes in Jeff Horn's game'

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had invited Terence Crawford, his star fighter, to join him in Brisbane, Australia, this week so that Crawford could introduce himself to the Australian media and sit ringside to watch his next opponent -- the winner of Wednesday's fight between welterweight world titleholder Jeff Horn and Gary Corcoran.

But Crawford, a leading 2017 fighter of the year candidate, elected not to go Down Under and instead spent part of his Wednesday watching the fight on ESPN.

He learned that he would next take on Brisbane's Horn, probably in April in an ESPN main event at Las Vegas.

Arum, who promotes Crawford and co-promotes Horn, has said he has a deal nearly complete for the fight.

Horn retained the 147-pound belt for the first time -- five months after controversially outpointing Manny Pacquiao to win it -- by stopping England's Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs), 27, in the 11th round at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), 29, came on very strong down the stretch and went after a bad cut over Corcoran's left eye. Finally, Corcoran's corner threw in the towel, and referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight at 1 minute, 35 seconds of the 11th round.

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), 30, the former lightweight world champion from Omaha, Nebraska, knocked out Julius Indongo on Aug. 19 to become the undisputed junior welterweight world champion. He later vacated the four title belts to move up in weight for a shot at the Horn-Corcoran winner.

Crawford was not overly impressed by Horn.

"Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done, but I'm a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran," Crawford said. "I have more power and more speed than Corcoran. When he steps into the ring with me, it's going to be a very different story. When I move up to the 147-pound division, everyone is going to see a bigger, stronger fighter and a harder puncher than they saw at 140 pounds. I plan to do the same thing at 147 that I did at 135 and 140 and clean out the division.

"There are holes in everybody's game. There's a lot of holes in Jeff Horn's game, and everyone will see that when he gets in the ring with me."

Crawford said that for as big of a year as he has had in 2017, he anticipates an even bigger one in 2018. If he defeats Horn, he could face Pacquiao in an ESPN pay-per-view fight later in the year, should Pacquiao accept the fight.

"2017 has been a huge year for me, with stoppages over Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz and fellow undefeated unified world champion Julius Indongo, my move to the No. 1 spot on the pound-for-pound list [in the eyes of some] and becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world. In 2018, I'm going to continue to be successful," Crawford said. "I feel like I'm getting better each and every time I step foot into the ring, and I know that will continue next year in my new weight division."