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Crawford unifies four junior welterweight titles by knocking out Indongo

Crawford unifies four junior welterweight titles by knocking out Indongo

American fighter Terence Crawford lectured in boxing with his left hand and became the undisputed junior welterweight champion by defeating Namibian Julius Indongo by third-round knockout in a four-world title unification bout.

Crawford retained his World Council titles Boxing (WBC) and the Organization (OMB), and snatched from Indongo the crowns of the Association (WBA) and the International Federation (FIB) after he knocked down the African fighter twice, the first in the second round and the final in the third.

The fight took place at the “Pinnacle Bank Arena”, Lincoln (Nebraska), with an attendance of 12,121 people, confirmed the great moment in which Crawford is, one of the best fighters in the world today.

The exhibition given by Crawford is another blow to the circus that is mounted for next weekend in Las Vegas with the fight between the American Floyd Mayweather Jr., 40, and the mixed martial arts fighter, the Irish Conor McGregor , which will make its debut at the boxing professional.

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With the victory, Crawford became the second boxer to achieve all four unified belts. The other is Bernard Hopkins, who in 2004 unified the world middleweight championships by beating Mexican-American Oscar de la Hoya in nine rounds.

“I feel blessed to be living in this situation and I thank promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank for trusting me,” Crawford, a former lightweight world champion, said at the conclusion of the fight. “Being undefeated world champion means a lot to me.”

The win allows the 29-year-old Crawford to remain undefeated at 32-0, 23 wins by way of knockout, while Indongo saw his mark drop to 22-1, with 11 coming fast.

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Crawford made a boxing up close to nullify Indongo’s greater reach, which is two inches (six centimeters) taller.

Although in the first episode Indongo managed the distance with powerful jabs and hurt Crawford, by the second round the American had assimilated the punishment and modified the strategy.

In the second round, with a boxing shortly, entering the danger zone, but reinforcing his guard, Crawford was able to punish closely and inconvenience Indongo, who could do little with his long range.

With 40 seconds remaining in the second round, Crawford connected with his left, sending the Namibian to the canvas, who got up quickly and, although staggering, continued the fight.

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In the third round, Crawford already knew the recipe and pressed again with his boxing short and always forward, countering Indongo’s reach.

With seconds to go to the end of the lap, moving from the center of the ring he tried to take Indongo to the ropes with powerful jabs, and taking a surprise and quick left hook to the liver zone sent him to the canvas for the second time.

Indongo couldn’t catch his breath, aching his liver and unable to breathe, he circled on the canvas, then referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight.

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