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Terence Crawford injures right hand, title bout vs. Jeff Horn postponed

Kevin Iole
Combat columnist
Terence Crawford suffered a right hand injury during a sparring session. (Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS – Terence Crawford’s bid for a third world title in as many weight classes has been put on hold after he injured his right hand during a sparring session, forcing postponement of his April 14 bout with WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.

The bout was to have been televised on ESPN. The injury is not believed to be serious and the fight is expected to be rescheduled within a month or six weeks. The date can’t be chosen until Crawford receives medical clearance to resume training.

The card was originally slated to be a pay-per-view that was going to have Crawford-Horn topping a show that also included Manny Pacquiao against Mike Alvarado. Pacquiao, though, showed no interest in fighting Alvarado and has been lobbying for a match with Lucas Matthysse.

Top Rank officials have been in discussions with officials at MGM Resorts about finding a new date for the bout. The April 14 match had been slated for Mandalay Bay, though when it was originally proposed as a pay-per-view, Top Rank looked into T-Mobile Arena and when it was booked, targeted Madison Square Garden.

Crawford, who unified the super lightweight division by knocking out Julius Indongo in his last fight, is considered one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world and was the Yahoo Sports 2017 Boxing Fighter of the Year.

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