Crawford-Indongo Offers a Rare and Intriguing Unification Treat

By Peter Lim

Most boxing pundits will agree that Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) is a class or two above everyone else in the 140-pound division. But Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) possesses a style so difficult it would give anyone nightmares, Crawford included.

If anyone has the best chance of pulling off an upset against the Nebraskan in Omaha, it would be the little known and enigmatic African.

An awkward, lanky southpaw, Indongo, 34, came out of obscurity (you couldn't get more obscure than Namibia) over the last eight months to capture two of the four junior welterweight belts. (Crawford owns the other two). He bounces around at a frenetic pace on springy legs while firing long, whippersnapper and deceivingly accurate punches from crazy angles.

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In his two title fights, both in his opponents' backyards, Indongo has proven the ability to end a fight with a single punch 40 seconds into the fight (against Eduard Troyanovsky) and dominate for 12 rounds (against Ricky Burns).

But Crawford, 29, is the master of awkward. Sitting smack on the fence that separates awkwardness from versatility, he can fight effectively from both the southpaw and orthodox stances and shift from aggressive to defensive as and when he pleases. When things get too uncomfortable, he will strategically smother his opponent's rhythm in a clinch. He is infuriatingly hard to hit but when he does get caught, his chin has proven sturdy.

Thus far Crawford has not only overcome but dominated every adversary from slick speedsters to in-your-face brawlers and every style in between with ridiculous ease. Gifted with some sort of clairvoyance, Crawford stays a step or two ahead of his opponents, seemingly aware what they're going to do before they do.

But he has never faced an opponent as unpredictable as Indongo, who is more loose cannon than wild card. Will Crawford eventually figure out Indongo's style as he has everyone else and systematically break him down? Or will Indongo prove to be the ultimate gatecrashing road warrior and poop on his opponent's homecoming parade for his third consecutive title fight? Either way (short of a draw), there will be a unified and undisputed junior welterweight champion for the first time since Kostya Tszyu consolidated all the major belts in 2001.

See prediction for Crawford vs. Indongo at:

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LITTLE JOE on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=TheReadyTimeBoy;17961447]On second thought, I actually watched Indongo 2 seconds ago and he's pretty wild and reaches in with his shots. Crawford will make him pay for that.[/QUOTE Agreed and big of you to notice that and change your mind.Indongo telegraphs…

Comment by techliam on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;17961652]In any case the winner tonight will have all four belts which makes it a rare, historical accomplishment. The only 140 pounder to ever do it.[/QUOTE] I agree I don't think its the fighters that have prevented it happening sooner…

Comment by Teetotaler on 08-19-2017

Thanks uncle bob for saving boxing and giving us good fights :headbang:

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=techliam;17961622]Well Tszyu unified all of the major belts, as the WBO belt wasn't recognised as a major one in 2001. Nor was it in 2005, hence the last Undisputed Champion was O'Neil Bell in 2006. Now that it is a…

Comment by techliam on 08-19-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;17961600]There should be a correction to this article: Kostya Tszyu consolidated all the major belts in 2001...except for the WBO. The winner tonight will consolidate EVERY major belt in the weight class INCLUDING the WBO. And he will be only…

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