King Crawford impressive in junior welterweight unification

Terence Crawford (left) vs. Julius Indongo. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

After registering a knockout over former counterpart Julius Indongo, undisputed junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford left no doubt that he is indeed the best fighter in the world at 140 pounds.

 

In a unification battle between undefeated champions, for the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO junior welterweight world titles, Crawford, 32-0 (23), registered a very impressive third round knockout over previously unbeaten Julius Indongo, 22-1 (12), last Saturday night before a sold-out crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

The first two rounds saw Indongo working at a fast pace and looking to get his distance and timing down. However, Crawford, as smart and calculating a fighter as there is today, was also measuring his opponent in the opening frames.

 

In the second round, Crawford landed a perfectly placed body shot that dropped Indongo. Another perfectly placed shot to the body, in the third, laid out Indongo for the full 10-count.

 

As the Omaha crowd erupted, Crawford leaped into the air in celebration, having captured a highlight reel knockout in front of his adoring Cornhusker faithful.

 

While the win cements Crawford as the best fighter in boxing at 140 pounds, many consider him among the best fighters in all of boxing.

 

Speaking to Crawford earlier in the week, he said he had “worked hard in camp on his body punches” and was “looking to land certain shots when he created the opening.”

 

Working on something and actually getting it done against a tall, mobile fighter like Indongo are two every different things. Crawford’s perfectly timed execution of the fight-ending body shot was impressive, to say the least.

 

On Saturday, Crawford used excellent ring movement, created the right distance, created openings to land his power shots, all the while remaining completely focused and calm under Indongo’s attack. When talking about the very best fighters in the game today, clearly, one has to consider Crawford among the very elite in the sport.

 

For Crawford’s promoter Top Rank, the options are many for its superstar.

 

While Crawford has cleaned out the division at 140, there is talk that perhaps a move to 147 pounds may be their next move. And with the welterweight division peppered with names like Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, WBA/WBC champion Keith Thurman, WBO titlist Jeff Horn and IBF beltholder Errol Spence Jr., there is no shortage of matchups that fight fans would love to see.

 

But for now, the undisputed champion, boxing’s first in 11 years, wants to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment.

 

“I want to relax and do some fishing, spend some time with my family and then I’ll sit down with my team and see what is next,” said Crawford.

 

 

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

 

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