Terence Crawford is the undisputed champion of the world

Terence Crawford is the undisputed champion of the world

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Published: August 20, 2017

Terence “Bud” Crawford is UNDISPUTED!


LINCOLN, NE - September 18, 2004 was the only other time in the history of the four-belt era of boxing where two world champions were given the opportunity to unify all the belts. That night Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins became the undisputed middleweight champion of the world with a devastating knockout victory over the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya.

Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd of 12,100 electric fans at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska two undefeated 140lb world champions looked to etch their name in the history books, as the WBC and WBO Super Lightweight Champion, Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska and the IBF, WBA Champion Julius “The Blue Machine” Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs), from Windhoek, Namibia entered the ring for a chance at boxing supremacy.

Indongo, who is no stranger to fighting in hostile territory, defeated Eduard Troyanovsky in Moscow, Russia last December and then in April defeated another champion Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland. Now the “Blue Machine” looked to come away victorious for a third time in a row on the road against Crawford. In the early rounds, Crawford who can use both hands started in the southpaw stance and used his speed to counter Indongo. Then in the second Crawford landed a straight right followed by an overhand left that floored Indongo. After beating the count, the third round saw Crawford land a vicious left hand to the body, sending Indongo to the canvas, referee Jack Reiss began the count, but Indongo never could recover as Crawford came away with a historic knockout victory over Julius Indongo at the 1:38 mark of the third round.

“First and foremost, I got to thank God, It feels great, like a dream come true, I did it for America, I did it for my fans” Stated Crawford. “Belts matter, I’m the only fighter that can be labeled at 140lb as the champion and that means a lot to me. I’m going fishing next, and going to rest up with my family, then my coaches and managers will see what’s next for me”

In the co-main event 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, NABO and NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine but fighting out of Oxnard, California kept his unbeaten streak alive in a ten round bout against Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) Baytown, Texas. Baker, who last fought fourteen months ago looked rusty as Gvozdyk landed at will on his slower opponent. Although Gvozdyk out boxed Baker easily throughout the early rounds, he fought a slow calculated fight and never put his foot on the gas pedal, as he only seemed to do enough to get by. Then in the 6th Gvozdyk landed a huge four punch combo that broke through the guard of Baker setting up a devastating overhand right that sent Baker to the canvas. Baker beat the count, but Gvozdyk landed a barrage of punches forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout at the 2:04 mark of the sixth round.

To kick off the ESPN televised portion of the night U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (2-0, 1 KO) from Newark, New Jersey stepped in the ring against David Paz (4-4-1) from La Pata, Argentina in a six round super featherweight bout. The 20-year old Stevenson looked patient as he used much of the first round as a feeling out round. In the second and third rounds Stevenson began landing heavy body shots and perfectly timed straight jabs on his opponent as Paz never could find an answer to Stevenson’s offense. At the end of the fifth round Stevenson landed a straight left dropping Paz, Paz beat the count and as the round ended Stevenson continued to attack his out classed opponent. After six solid round of boxing all three judges were in complete agreement with the scores of 60-53 in Stevenson’s favor. With the victory Shakur Stevenson moves to (3-0, 1 KO)

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