Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo Battle for Undisputed Supremacy
By Kelly Owen
Published: July 19, 2017
WBO and WBC Super Lightweight Champion, Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) will face undefeated Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The relatively unknown 34-year-old Indongo, is the holder of the WBA and IBF Super Lightweight titles, two belts that promoter Top Rank hope can be snagged by a victorious Crawford. This will be Crawford’s 10th world title fight since facing Ricky Burns in 2014, an opponent that Indongo unanimously outshone in his most recent fight to claim the WBA Super Lightweight title.
The upcoming unification bout may be held in 29-year-old Crawford’s home state, but with three successive wins abroad, it would be erroneous not to recognize the challenge that Indongo poses to the undefeated champion. Indongo brings an inextinguishable confidence into this fight, but also a notable height and reach advantage, a looping left hand that can be devastating and difficult to defend against, and a penchant for initiating a high volume and unrelenting offense that targets the body as much as the head.
In saying that, Indongo has no easy lunch ahead of him. He will have to contend with the adaptive fighting style of Terence Crawford. Crawford’s ability to switch from southpaw to orthodox, his fluidity, accuracy, and his poise under pressure are a just a few strengths in a formidable arsenal of obstacles that will test the Namibian challenger in one of the most interesting match ups of the year.
Whatever the outcome, it will be a historic win for the victor, being only the third fighter to unify all four belts since the founding of the World Boxing Organization in 1988. There is much speculation that this will be Crawford’s last fight before he heads for the welterweight division after exhausting most of the competition in his current division, with rumors already circulating regarding a possible future match up with Australian Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs). The fight is set to be aired on ESPN and ESPN Deportes as the third main event to take place under Top Rank and ESPN’s new partnership.
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