PHOTOS: Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo
LINCOLN, NE - Saturday, August 19, Top Rank hosted the Crawford and Indongo Junior Welterweight Championship bout at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The undercard fights opened with Dillian Whyte vs Malcom Tann. Whyte on his US debut, defeating Tann via KO in round 3.
Bryant Jennings made quick work of Daniel Martz with a round 2 KO.
Steve Nelson faced off against Cesar Ruiz in a light heavyweight match-up that saw Nelson take a unanimous decision win (60-54, 60-54, 60-54).
Mike ‘Mile High’ Alvarado delivered a panic-inducing knock out against Brazilian Sidney Siquiera in round 4.
Omaha’s own Kevin Ceja Ventura stopped Baltazar Ramirez in round 3, securing his current no-loss record. Top Rank’s own Mike ‘Yes Indeed’ Reid bested Robert Frankel by a unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90).
Newark’s Shakur Stevenson stepped into the ring for his 3rd professional fight, squaring up against David Michael Paz to come out with the unanimous decision (60-53, 60-53, 60-53) in what looked to be an effortless fight for Stevenson.
The co-main event of the evening featured Ukrainian Olkesandr Gvozdyk against Texan Craig Baker in a NABF and NABO light heavyweight title bout that started to generate some excitement in the mostly subdued Nebraskan crowd. Gvozdyk determinedly chipped away at Baker to win by a 6th round KO.
If the crowd had been restrained for the beginning of the evening, I’m certain it was to save their celebration for the now, undefeated and undisputed 140lb Champion Terence Crawford. Crawford stunningly took apart Namibian Julius Indongo with savage body shots that sent him indefinitely to the canvas in Round 3.
The entire Pinnacle Bank Arena was saturated with atmosphere of pure elation and deafening celebration as Crawford near jumped through the ceiling following the halting of the fight. Post-fight Terence Crawford breezed into the media room to confirm that he will be moving up in weight and understandably left just as quickly.
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