Crawford: Undefeated and Undisputed
Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo both entered with super lightweight titles around their waists. At 31-0, Crawford held the WBC and WBO lightweight titles. The 22-0 Indongo entered as the WBA (Unified) and IBF champion. But only one would remain an undefeated champion, with more gold than before, after this one.
And it was Crawford, in his home state of Nebraska, who picked up the victory and became the undisputed champion. The bout presented only the 4th time in modern boxing where there would be an undisputed champion with four or more belts, and Crawford became the first undisputed champion of any boxing weight class in 11 years.
Boxing’s last undisputed champion? Jermain Taylor in 2005.
“It feels like a dream come true,” Crawford said after the fight. “I’d like to thank everybody that came out — Nebraska, America — I did this for all of us.
“Belts matter. I’m the only one that can be labeled as champion at 140, and that’s a big deal to me.”
Both fighters got off to a solid start to the bout in the first round. But things quickly changed with about a minute left in the second round, as a flurry of punches sent Indongo down to the canvas. While Indongo recovered, he was swinging a bit wild, while Crawford showed speed and precision in his punching.
Then about halfway through the third round, the final, brutal body shot came that gave Crawford the knockout win.
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“We’ve been practicing body shots all camp. It’s been a rough, tough camp, and everything that we worked on in camp came out in the fight.”