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Last night was a big night for boxing.  The first Undisputed Champion in any division was crowned, when Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) defeated Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KO’s) via 3rd round knockout.  Crawford is not the first Undisputed Champion since Bernard Hopkins did it in 2004 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya.  Crawford won the WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight titles last night, and unified them with his own WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford also hold TheRing Magazine Light Welterweight title, which gives him all of the championships in the 140 pound division.  He simply stands alone as champion.

The first round of last nights fight was somewhat uneventful except for the huge left hand that Crawford landed, as both fighters were trying to feel each other out.  From the start you could see that Indongo was tight and very nervous.  This was by far his biggest fight to date.  Crawford did out land Indongo in the first, and the difference in speed and skill level was immediately apparent.  In the second, Indongo would get a bit looser and throw more, but Crawford would land counter after counter, and put him down in the second.  In the third round, Crawford dodged a looping wide left hand from Indongo, and came up the middle with an uppercut right to the gut which put Indongo down for good. It was a perfect body shot at the perfect time.  Indongo was defenseless while throwing the looping shot and paid the price.  He would not beat the 10 count, and it goes down as a KO victory to win the Undisputed Junior Welterweight championship.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night August 19th 2017, for the first time since Bernard Hopkins did it at Middleweight, we will crown an undisputed champion in the Junior Middleweight division.  All the belts will be on the line when Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KO’s) defends his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight titles agains Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KO’s) who will defend his WBA/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will be the first undisputed champion since 2004 when Bernard Hopkins defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the last remaining title at Middleweight.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KO’s) will take on Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Also on the card, Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Arturo Santos Reyes (19-8, 5 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/1/14.  (Won WBO Lightweight title)
  • Tomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won vacant WBO Junior Welterweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/23/16.  (Won WBC/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight titles)

 

JULIUS INDONGO

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Kaizer Mabuza  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/6/14.
  • Eduard Troyanovsky  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 12/3/16.  (Won IBF/IBO Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/15/17.  (Won WBAunified Junior Welterweight title)

 

Predictions:

Nicholas Walters  —  def  —  Arturo Santos Reyes  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Oleksandr Gvozdyk  —  def  —  Craig Baker  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Julius Indongo  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE