Scorecard: Crawford vs Indongo
Luke G. Williams
Terence Crawford was anointed undisputed king of the super lightweight division on Saturday night via third-round stoppage against Julius Indongo. Here is how Boxing Monthly online's Luke G. Williams saw the contest...
Preamble: Huge noise and enthusiasm from the 12,000 plus in attendance at the Pinnacle Bank Arena arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Can underdog Julius Indongo - the IBF and WBA super lightweight champ - pull off a third straight 'on the road' upset? Or will Terence Crawford - the WBC and WBO champ - be the man holding all four major world title belts at the end of the evening?
R1: Crawford begins fighting in the southpaw stance against his leftie opponent. It's immediately apparent that Crawford has the advantage in speed, with his counter left hand looking dangerous whenever Indongo commits. A handful of such sharp counters from 'Bud' shade the round in his favour. 10-9 Crawford
R2: A quiet first half of the round, Crawford's work is proving much tidier though, with Indongo's swings looking a touch wild at times. Then in the final minute Indongo is down! A vicious right to the body by Crawford and the 'Blue Machine' is definitely hurt, falling to the canvas after a somewhat delayed reaction. The referee asks if he wants to to continue and he does but he looks shaky. An attempted desperate left by the Namibian misses and Crawford ends the round in total command. 10-8 Crawford
R3: Props to Indongo who attempts to begin the round positively and on the front foot. However a left and right swipes by the visiting fighter are avoided by Crawford with ease. The home fighter continues to counter with telling effect - indeed, midway through the round a perfectly judged and truly vicious left to the body fells Indongo. The Namibian writhes in agony on the floor and fails to beat the count ... we have a unified and undisputed super lightweight champion - and his name is Terence Crawford! You can see what it means to the Omaha man as he leaps around the ring in celebration before being embraced by his corner. Jubilant scenes here in Lincoln!
BM verdict: Crawford was quite simply razor sharp tonight. Indongo paid the price for a tendency to lunge with wide punches, leaving his body open to counter attack. It was a ruthless and devastating performance by Crawford, who now has staked his own claim to the number one pound for pound spot currently occupied by Andre Ward. A move to 147lbs could now be on the cards for Crawford, although I'd love to see him first tangle with Mikey Garcia, who recently beat Adrien Broner at 140lbs.