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Jeff Horn shakes off car crash, remains focused on Terence Crawford

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WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn 18-0-1 (12) has survived a three-car piled-up on Wednesday in the lead up to his mandatory title defence against unbeaten Nebraskan Terence “Bud” Crawford 32-0 (23) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9.

The undefeated Australian was rear-ended in the multi-car accident while driving alone in his native Brisbane, Australia this week. Fortunately no one was badly injured.

“No one was badly hurt but it stunned me,” Horn told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “Fortunately I was in the car alone and my wife Jo and baby Isabelle were home.

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“The man in the centre 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 30-year-old “Fighting Schoolteacher” was leaving a training session with his strength and conditioning coach Dundee Kim when the incident occurred.

Horn was originally scheduled to face Crawford on April 14 at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden but the 30-year-old American postponed the bout after suffering a hand injury in training. Horn’s team has openly questioned the legitimacy of the injury after Team Crawford refused to provide proof of the injury.

Crawford, a former undisputed junior welterweight world champion and WBO lightweight titleholder, is widely regarded as one of the best boxers on the planet pound-for-pound. And at 30 he is the same age as Horn, unlike veteran Manny Pacquiao who the Australian dethroned to win his world title in Brisbane last July.

“The accident was a shock but nothing is going to derail me from beating Terence Crawford,” added Horn. “I’m very fit. I feel I’m going to peak right at fight time.”

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