Terence Crawford beats Julius Indongo to make undisputed champion 'dream' come true


Terence Crawford beats Julius Indongo to make undisputed champion 'dream' come true

Already at the start of a unification bout Crawford managed to seriously surprise, Indongo - American stood up to stand right where a Lefty from Namibia was not ready.

Energized by his huge home-state following 45 minutes from his Omaha base, Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to claim all four major belts at 140 pounds.

Crawford still has time on his side and can afford to wait for the victor of this likely rematch, however an interim fight in the mean time would be beneficial in adjusting to the new weight at 147lbs.

A battle of big 140-pounders, that being Indongo versus fellow Crawford-victim Viktor Postol, sounds like a lively redemption encounter for both fighters.

To Terence Crawford last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was Jermaine Taylor, who in July 2005 sensationally failed to stop Bernard Hopkins.

Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain. "That's what we worked on in the gym".

Indongo meanwhiles suffers a sizeable setback, falling to 22 wins, 1 defeat, 11 knockouts, but remains a solid, capable warrior nonetheless.

Fights with Jeff Horn, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence are also possible for Crawford, who looked every inch the world class fighter he is at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With fans on their feet and chanting his name, Crawford seized control early. "When he hit me like that, my mind was gone". 2016 Olympic silver medal victor and featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson dominated the grossly overmatched David Paz (4-4-1) for six rounds to earn a unanimous decision.

Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.

Julius Indongo came along and gave us a great story, gave us a wishful dream fighter who wanted to be great. In the ESPN-televised co-feature, light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk took his time before dispatching Craig Baker.