Arum Planning Crawford vs. Indongo
Terence Crawford is looking to not only climb the pound-for-pound list, but more importantly he wants to be the unified undisputed champion in his weight class of 140 lbs. The way for him to achieve that goal is to take down fellow light-welterweight champion Julius Indongo.
Indongo (22-0) holds the IBF and WBA light-welterweight belts, the latter of which he won by defeating Ricky Burns in April. Crawford holds the WBO and WBC belts, meaning that a fight with Indongo would be a true unification fight to determine the division’s one champion.
After Crawford made short work of Felix Diaz over the weekend, his promoter Bob Arum confirmed that all parties are interested in setting up Crawford vs. Indongo.
"Indongo wants the fight and we want to make the fight," Arum told ESPN. "(Tobias) wants to make the fight and (Matchroom Boxing promoter) Eddie (Hearn), who has an option on his next fight, will cooperate."
The date and venue of the fight have yet to be decided, though Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska is a likely option.
"First, I want to make the fight, get it done; then we’ll figure out where it will be. But we are looking at the end of July, beginning of August," he said.
If Crawford is successful in his next bout, he could be looking at a potential showdown with fellow Top Rank boxer Manny Pacquiao at the end of the year as he plans to move up to welterweight. Though some believe that Pacquiao isn’t interested in taking on a big risk like Crawford, Arum shot down that claim.
"The idea that Manny won’t fight Crawford is ridiculous," Arum said. "He won’t fight him if there’s no money, but there’s going to be plenty of money for that fight. It’s a big fight."