An April 14th Top Rank Boxing tripleheader will no longer be happening, as the main event between Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn has been delayed.
Major boxing main events tend not to get scrapped due to injury as often as you’d see in the UFC or Bellator MMA, but they happen nevertheless, and unfortunately Terence Crawford’s 2018 debut needs to be pushed back.
According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, the former undisputed junior welterweight champion suffered a right hand injury during training for his April 14th bout against WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, and as a result, the matchup will be postponed, but it’s not too long of a delay.
“There’s no ligament tear, nothing, he took the MRI and so forth,” Arum said to Ring Magazine. “He has to rest it for a couple of weeks. So we’ll probably do it sometime in May or maybe the first weekend in June.”
Nebraska’s Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) is making his debut at 147 pounds, having captured titles at 135- and 140-pounds. His last fight was a third-round KO of Julius Indongo to unify all four major junior welterweight belts. Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) controversially became a world champion with a hotly debated unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao in Horn’s home country of Australia last year. He has since defended the title once, forcing Gary Corcoran’s corner to throw in the towel this past November.
Crawford vs. Horn was slated to top an ESPN-televised tripleheader at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, but now the entire card has been scrapped. The all-Filipino IBF super-flyweight title matchup between Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KOs) and Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9 KOs) is likely to remain on the rescheduled Crawford vs. Horn event, while WBO super-bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) and Isaac Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs) will now headline an already scheduled Top Rank ESPN show on April 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It is now confirmed that Crawford vs. Horn will be on ESPN+, a new over-the-top subscription service for streamers.