As expected it now looks very likely that Terence Crawford’s first fight in the welterweight division will be against WBO champion Jeff Horn from Australia.
Horn won the belt last year with a famous upset win over Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao where on home soil in Australia he took the belt by decision.
He then went on to defend the belt against the UK’s Gary Corcoran late last year.
The Courier Mail in Australia have now reported that initial terms have been agreed for Horn to defend his title on April 14th against Crawford at MSG in New York.
It is understood the final contract draft could take another couple of weeks but all the main bones of contention in negotiations have been agreed upon, more or less.
As a fight you’d have to think Crawford will be a heavy favorite.
But don’t write Horn totally off.
He’ll have hardly any pressure on him when going head to head with one of the best pound for pound fighters in boxing today.
The winner more than likely will face Manny Pacquiao later this year. In possibly Pacquiao’s final fight in boxing.
That scenario will be made easier by all three sharing a similar promotional interest.
After that though, the winner of Horn vs Crawford doesn’t have too many more options – with all the other top welterweights signed elsewhere unless promoters and influential managers can work with one another.