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On August 19th 2017, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will go at each other in this unification bout, for the Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship.  Terence Crawford will defend his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight championship, and on the flip side, Julius Indongo will be defending his WBAunified/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be live at 9pm ET on ESPN.  This fight will be for all the marbles, as the winner will be crowned the first truly undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins took all the Middleweight belts back in 2004.

Julius Indongo has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the Junior Welterweight division.  Up until his 21 bout, no one was quite sure what to make of him.  He was running through all of his opponents, but the level of skill in the competition he was facing, was mediocre at best.  After going 20-0 against pretty much nobody, Indongo would finally get his title shot.  He was the underdog against the hard hitting and feared Russian Eduard Troyanovsky, and no one really gave him a chance in that fight.  Indongo accepted the tough challenge, and mashed Troyanovsky to record a 1st round knockout victory.  Was it a fluke many were asking.  Indongo then put his belt on the line in a unification bout against Ricky Burns, and took care of business as well, for a decision victory.  He now holds every other belt that Terence Crawford does not.

Terence Crawford on the other hand, has been unconscious in the ring lately.  He is simply fighting like a man possessed.  Crawford has always been the best fighter in his weight class no matter what weight he was at, but in his last few fights he has stepped it up even further.  There is such a huge gap between Crawford and the next best Junior Welterweight, that I honestly believe no one at 140 or even 147 stands a chance against him.  Crawford, a natural righty, has seemingly completely abandoned the orthodox stance, and is fighting exclusively out of the southpaw stance now.  And boy has it been working for him.  His power has seemed to go up even more, even though he is fighting on his less dominant side.  He seems to be truly ambidextrous.   Usually when fighters step up the level of completion they face, they don’t look as good or have as much power.  Crawford was built for “the moment”.  The better the fighter in front of him is, the better he looks.  It is simply amazing how he takes on top notch fighters, and makes them look like amateurs.  Indongo, will unfortunately just be another stepping stone for Crawford.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

Will it finally happen?  Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s), have been dancing around each other for a few years now.  Who is really to blame that this fight has never happened?  Who really knows.  Stevenson blames Kovalev, and Kovalev blames Stevenson.  Thats all we know for sure.  Another thing we know for sure, is that these two need to settle the score big time.

Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year in 2013.  He knocked out Darnell Boone, then he knocked out Chad Dawson winning the lineal light heavyweight title, and then he knocked out Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew.  4 KO’s in 1 year over top fighters will earn you fighter of the year for sure.  Since then, Stevenson has taken relatively easy fights, the whole time claiming he would fight Kovalev, while almost getting knocked out by Andzej Fonfara.

Sergey Kovalev won fighter of the year in 2014, a year after Stevenson.  His resume of 2014 consisted of a knockout of Cedric Agnew, a knockout of Blake Caperello, and a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Bernard Hopkins.  That  as well will earn you fighter of the year.  Kovalev fought twice in 2015, knocking out Jean Pascal in their epic battle, and also knocking out relatively unknown Nadjib Mohammedi.

These two fighters are and have been on a collision course for a very long time.  They are the two biggest punchers in the Light Heavyweight division, and need to fight each other to define their careers.  So supposedly sometime this summer, these two will meet.  Kovalev is scheduled for a rematch with Pascal on January 30th, and barring a loss, maybe this fight will finally happen.  Stevenson does not have an opponent scheduled yet, but look for him to take an easy fight to keep busy.  Thank you to “Boxings Finest” for the amazing promo.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE