Last night, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, just an hour’s drive down the road from his hometown of Omaha, Terence Crawford dismantled Namibia’s Julius Indongo inside three rounds to unify boxing’s super-lightweight division.
Indongo came into the bout riding a wave of momentum after back to back title victories. The long, rangy southpaw crushed the previously unbeaten Eduard Troyanovsky on hostile territory in Moscow last December, scoring a knockout of the year candidate to claim the IBF title.
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He followed that up by out-boxing Scottish hero Ricky Burns over 12 rounds at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena in April to add the WBA strap to his collection.
Indongo, however, was no match for the pound for pound rated Crawford, who extended his professional record to 32-0(23) with yet another standout performance.
Crawford dropped Indongo with a right hand that seemed to land just above the ear in the second round, but it was a beautifully picked and paralyzing left to the body in the following stanza that brought about the African fighter’s demise. After crumbling to the canvas, the 34-year-old Indongo winced and writhed in obvious anguish as referee Jack Reiss administered a ten-count he was never going to beat. The loss represents the first blemish on Indongo’s professional ledger.
You can view highlights of the fight below(via ESPN).
Crawford, who previously held the WBO title down at lightweight, is now in possession of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles at 140lbs, and he has proven once again with this performance that he deserves his spot among boxing’s pound for pound elite.
Crawford’s resume may lack marquee names but he has fought a steady stream of quality operators in recent years. It has been the manner of his victories over those men that has really catapulted him up the pound for pound rankings though, as he has habitually made good opponents look very ordinary. Viktor Postol, whom Crawford faced in July of last year, came into their bout with a 28-0 record and had just stopped power-punching Argentine hardman Lucas Matthysse, but Crawford comfortably outpointed the well-schooled Ukrainian over twelve rounds.
‘Bud’ continued this trend on Saturday night, as he scored his sixth stoppage in seven fights and reduced Indongo to a minor character in the his continuing tale of dominance.