Aussie boxer Jeff Horn who shocked the boxing world last month by scoring one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he beat boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and claim the WBO welterweight world title in front of 50,000 plus Australian fans next step is still not clear.
There is a rematch clause in the contract but Manny Pacquioa’s camp is yet to negotiate. There is a speculation that Manny will finally retire from boxing to focus on his political career as a Senator in the Philippines.
If Pacquiao retires, there is a possibility that Horn might defend his title against unified WBC-WBO light welterweight champ Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), according to Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti.
“Well, I don’t know right now. You got the rematch being discussed between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao, so depending on what happens with that decision, it could impact Crawford in some ways or it could not. If Manny decides to retire, then Jeff Horn could look at a fight with Terence Crawford if that made sense for everybody. But like anything else, it’s tough to predict now what’s going to be the case four months from now. You just have to play it out on every angle,” Moretti told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
WBC/WBO light welterweight champ Terrence Crawford will try to unify his titles to become an undisputed champion at light welterweight division with WBA/IBF/IBO champion Julius Indongo on August 19 in Lincoln Nebraska.
One week away from Terrence “Bud” Crawford title defense against Felix Diaz in MSG New York. The fight will be televised by HBO on May 20th
Unified WBO-WBC Super light weight title holder Terrence Crawford (30-0,21) of Omaha Nebraska will try his charisma to fight in bigger venue this time in the “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden where many great champions fought. The fight will also serve as his first fight in 2017 and his debut in Madison Square Garden.
But many boxing fans did not even know who Felix Diaz is and his worth to fight against one of the best boxer of today’s era.
Diaz is a 33-year old boxer of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with a boxing record of 19 wins 9 by the way of knockouts and only one defeat. These numbers will not give casual boxing fans interests and will conclude that this fight will be easy one for Bud Crawford.
WHO IS FELIX DIAZ?
Avid boxing fans believe that Diaz is the black horse of of the division. He is a little known but he has the skills to beat any of big names in his division. Felix Diaz or Felix Manuel Diaz Guzman is a two-time Olympian who won gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the Light welterweight division. Díaz was the first Dominican athlete to win Olympic gold. The only blemish on his record was a highly controversial 12-round welterweight majority decision defeat to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015. Díaz bounced back from that loss with a unanimous decision victory against previously undefeated contender Sammy Vasquez in July 2016 and sixth-round TKO win of Levis Morales in December 2016. He is currently rated no. 3 in WBC ranking.