Rising pound for pound star Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) just sent shockwaves through the boxing world with an emphatic third round wipe-out of fellow 140-pound title-holder Julius Indongo (22-1, 12 KOs) in an eagerly anticipated unification fight. The bout was the main event of Top Rank’s latest offering on ESPN as seen live from Lincoln, Nebraska.
Both fighters had two of the four major titles entering the bout and had unblemished undefeated records.
It was all Crawford in this one, coming out southpaw to meet left-hander Indongo toe to toe in the centre of the ring. It was evident from the get go that the product of Namibia, Africa was in over his head with the dynamic American. Crawford lead with a speedy jab and started working the body with aplomb.
Indongo looked to load up with some big shots but he was far too wide swinging and Crawford just dissected him down the middle.
A brilliant right hook by Crawford scored a knockdown in the second. Indongo looked disoriented but was saved by the bell. He tried to come back strong in Round 3 but again his wide swinging stance was his undoing as Crawford tucked in a debilitating left to the body that came as a counter shot.
Indongo was down for several minutes giving Crawford the pure knockout win.
With the victory the rising American star unified the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world titles becoming the first major champion to hold all four belts in one weight division in over eleven years.
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