And Now Undisputed – Terence Crawford Knocks Out Julius Indongo For Super Lightweight Titles
August 19, 2017
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)

And Now Undisputed – Terence Crawford Knocks Out Julius Indongo For Super Lightweight Titles

Lincoln, Nebraska – Terence “Bud” Crawford made a special entrance by walking down the stands amongst his fans at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE, while R. Kelly’s “World’s Greatest” song played on. The fans embraced their beloved champion, while booing the Namibian champ, Julius “The Blue Machine” Indongo, in his introduction.

The roaring of the crowd became the anthem when Crawford landed a vicious left hook to Indongo’s body in the third round, becoming the victor in their unification bout. Indongo (22-1, 12 KOs) dropped to the canvas for the second time in the fight and referee Jack Reiss counted him out at 1:38 in the round. Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) celebrated with his fans as he became an undefeated, undisputed super lightweight champion, holding the WBO/WBC/WBA/IBF and Ring titles for the first time in boxing history in the lighweight division. There hasn’t been an undisputed boxer since Jermain Taylor collected Bernard Hopkins titles in 2005 that has held all four bouts at the same time.

Tonight, Crawford confidently came into the ring and figured out a way to drop not one, but two body shots on Indongo that sent Indongo to the canvas. In round two, Crawford landed a right hand body shot for the first knockdown of the fight, then came the left to the body in the third round. As expected, Crawford came in as a southpaw against Indongo, a southpaw as well. Both champs came in a bit ansy, however, Crawford calmed down and found a comfort half way into the first round. The Namibian never found a moment to calm himself, especially after tasting the canvas.

Indongo came into enemy lines to defend his WBA and IBF world super lightweight championship belts and went home with his first professional loss. Crawford marked a piece of boxing history in the squared ring in Lincoln, Nebraska, an hour away from his hometown of Omaha. Now, boxing enthusiast are left to wonder who else Crawford can sweep in the super lightweight division, or do we see the champ vacant his belts and move up to the big boy division of the welterweights?

Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk sure did nail Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) in a few hard blows upstairs in round five before the referee stepped in between to put a halt to the the scheduled ten-round NABO/NABF light heavyweight title bout. The fight was stopped at 2:04 in round six. Baker succumbed to an over hand right over the top before dropping to the canvas before the knockout came. Gvozdyk and Baker engaged in a mainly center of the ring, toe-to-toe boxing match. The Ukrainian (14-0, 12 KOs) successfully defends his titles while keeping his undefeated record.

2016 Silver medalist Olympian, Shakur Stevenson (3-0, 1 KO), made his ESPN debut in a six-round super featherweight bout against David Paz (4-4-1). The 20-year old Newark native scored a fifth round knock down when he dropped Paz with a straight left. Stevenson looked very comfortable in his third professional bout as he continued to smile throughout the fight. Commentating ringside was his co-manager, unified champion, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward. 

Former world champion, Mike Alvarado (38-4, 26 KOs) has been on a winning streak since losing to Brandon Rios in January 2015. Alvardo brought the crowd to their feet after knocking out Sidney Siqueira (21-13-1, 13 KOs) with a one-two in the fourth round. Once Siqueira hit the canvas, the referee waved off the fight at 1:20 left in the round. Though Alvarado seemed to have a tough time with Siqueira, in the fourth round, Siqueira was slowing down before the knockout came.

Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) knocked down Malcolm Tann (24-6,13 KOs) twice in the second round, however, the ref decided to allow the bout to go on despite allowing Tann to come up on the count of ten. In the third round, Whyte landed a vicious left body shot on Tann, and Tann went down in agony. However, he was able to get up at the count of ten, once again. Shortly after, Whyte landed another left body shot that dropped Tann and the ref waved the fight at 2:36.

Making his Top Rank debut, Bryant Jennings (20-2, 16 KOs) stopped Daniel Martz (15-5-1, 12 KOs) at 2:18 in the second. Martz was dropped by an over hand right, but was able to continue after getting up at the ten count. Jennings came in with an overhand right followed by a left over the top that dropped Martz and the ref waved the fight.


 Other Bouts:

Steve Nelson (9-0, 7 KOs) of Omaha, NE dominated Cesar Ruiz (37-5, 25 KOs) of Nacozari, MX in a unanimous decision win. Judges scored the six-round bout 60-54 all for Nelson.

Kevin Ventura (8-0, 7 KOs) of Omaha, NE knocked out Baltazar Ramirez (3-4, 3 KOs) of Ciudad Juarez, MX at 1:54 in round three.

Michael Reed (23-0, 12 KOs) of Maryland, dominated Rob Frankel (35-18-1, 7 KOs) of Denver, Colorado in a unanimous decision win. Judges scored the 10-round bout 100-90 all for Reed.

All Photos By Mikey Williams @4mikeywilliams for Top Rank Boxing



Anna Aguilar