Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo all the makings of a classic
LINCOLN, NE - Unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) one of boxing's brightest young stars faces one of his biggest challenges to date when he steps into the ring on Saturday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, in Lincoln Nebraska.
His opponent, Julius Indongo (22-0, 12 KOs), a former 2008 Olympian from Namibia who himself holds two junior welterweight titles and a knack for upsetting champions on their home turf. He scored a spectacular knockout in the first round over Eduard Troyanovsky in Moscow to capture his first title and turned right around and scored a shutout unanimous decision victory over Ricky Burns in his hometown of Glasgow to unify the titles.
The winner of this fight becomes the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world which has not been accomplished since Kostya Tszyu defeated Zab Judah in 2001 to capture the IBF title unifying his WBA and WBC belts.
What makes this fight unique, however, is that this is a four-belt unification bout (WBC, WBO, IBF, WBA) which has only happened once prior to this fight, in 2004 when Bernard Hopkins put his 3 middleweight titles (WBA, WBC, IBF) on the line against Oscar De La Hoya who held the WBO strap. Hopkins stopped De La Hoya with a devastating left hook to the liver in round 9 to capture the WBO middleweight title.
Crawford, 29, is in his prime, and widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He has a switch hitting style, and the unique ability to adjust to, and shut down his opponent completely during fights. He currently holds the WBC and WBO titles.
For Crawford, this is a career-defining fight:
Indongo, 34, is a southpaw who has seemed to have come out of nowhere and is now in a position to steal the show and place himself amongst the elite in the sport. He possesses solid boxing skill, moves well, has respectable power and does a fair job of controlling distance. He currently holds the IBF and WBA titles.
For Indongo, this is a fight to for his country and to prove he is a legitimate champion:
All the belts are on the line, and history will be written. This is sure to be a fight you do not want to miss!
The fight will be broadcast Saturday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
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