Horn can beat Vegas hoodoo: Fenech
JEFF Fenech, Australia's most successful fighter arrived in Las Vegas to cheer Jeff Horn to victory against Terence Crawford.
He hopes Horn fares better than he did in his own Vegas debut.
Vegas was not a kind town to Fenech and the stain of his 12-round draw with Azumah Nelson in a fight most experts thought Fenech had dominated, still hurts him 27 years later.
Fenech believes Horn can beat Crawford but says he can't afford to let the slick American get a head start in a city where controversial decisions abound.
Horn is planning a whirlwind start, with Crawford replying: "I don't care if he wants to box or brawl, I'm ready for anything. They all try to start fast against me but then they get hit.''
Barry Michael, another Aussie great in the crowd of 1000 at Saturday's weigh-in, said Horn was a "great chance'' to cause an upset.
"Jeff has the perfect style to win,'' Michael said.
"The way to beat a fighter like Crawford is to take the fight up to him erratically, mess with his timing, in and out, sideways and then jump him.
"When someone pressures Crawford he tends to lift his head and that's dangerous against Jeff, because he is the heavier hitter and his punches are coming from weird angles because of his unusual style.''
Johnny Lewis, Australia's greatest trainer, yesterday added: "So many Australians are right behind Jeff this weekend. He is indeed a real hero.
"He has captured the imagination of our nation like Les Darcy did a century ago. Mental and physical toughness, discipline and self-belief are so important on fight night. Crawford can't get near Jeff in these areas.
"Plus Jeff's trainer loves him and will look after him. Enjoy the moment and do your best. Your country loves you.''