Welterweight world titleholder Jeff Horn was involved in a three-car accident in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday, but managed to avoid injury, meaning that his title defense against Terence Crawford, scheduled for June 9th, is still on.
This will be Horn’s 2nd title defense since taking the belt from Manny Pacquiao thanks to a highly controversial decision.
“We don’t let little things like car accidents or bruised hands stop us unlike those (expletive) American fighters, who if it was them they would be crying right now they would have to delay the fight,” Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan said, according to ESPN.
“No one was badly hurt but it stunned me,” Horn said of the accident, according to the Courier Mail.
“Fortunately, I was in the car alone and my wife Jo and baby Isabelle were home. The man in the center of the crash just had his head buried in his hands. He was really upset, really in shock. I jumped out of the car to make sure everyone was OK. The ambulance people came but thankfully there weren’t any serious injuries. It could have been much worse. The accident was a shock but nothing is going to derail me from beating Terence Crawford. I’m very fit. I feel I’m going to peak right at fight time.”
“We’re thankful Jeff was not hurt in the accident” Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, Crawford’s promoter said.
“However, come June 9 he’s gonna run head straight into something that hits like a Mack truck and is as fast as a Lamborghini — ‘Bud’ Crawford.”