Two-weight World Champion Terence Crawford has said he’s fully prepared for his homecoming world title defence against Dierry Jean.
Crawford, tipped as a pound for pound top 10 contender this week by Steve Lillis, will stage the first defence of his WBO World Super-Lightweight title after stepping up and winning the belt against Thomas Dulorme last April.
He enters the hometown defence as a heavy favourite, but has already dismissed claims that Jean is a tick-over fight, saying that the Haitian-Canadian challenger is a great counter puncher and dangerous opponent.
“Training went great. It went excellent. We’re going to be ready for whatever he brings to the table,” the heavy favourite Crawford said to Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher.
“I always feel like everybody got something to prove, and I don’t ever want to take anyone lightly.”
“[I’m motivated] because I’m fighting. You still got to win the fight. That’s how I get motivated.”
The Omaha native has recently been linked with a big money showdown with Manny Pacquiao next year, and said he was not concerned about facing Jean, a former sparring partner of the Filipino legend.
“I already fought two people that were Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partners, and we all know what happened. I won. We’ll see what happens come Saturday.”
When asked whether he was worried Jean would steal some early rounds, Crawford simply repeated the mantra of a champion: that he was prepared.
“We’re ready for whatever he’s going to bring.”