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Video: Andre Ward Talks Crawford, Kovalev, Stevenson, More

by Ryan Burton

Now the unified WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF junior welterweight world champion - Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.

Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) made his rise in his weight division in less than a year after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland.

Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.

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With fans on their feet and chanting his name, Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.

On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.

Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.

''I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,'' Stevenson said. ''I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.''

Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JOSH OF LA on 08-20-2017

if Andre Ward stays active there is not a fighter on the planet but who is going to beat him.

Comment by kej718 on 08-20-2017

Stevenson has a mandatory next, and Ward would probably have to face the winner of Artur Beterbiev - Enrico Koelling next. He may just move up and go for the Cruiser weight title. If you don't think you can unify…

Comment by killakali on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17964275]You can tell Dre feels some type of way about Adonis Stevenson by his disdainful assessment on 'Supermans' status/place @ 175 and a potential oppnent leading to a clash to become undisputed : maybe its the fact that Stevenson is…

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;17964315]But if it happens I hope the play it as USA vs Canada[/QUOTE] Funny that Adonis is not even native to Canada.

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-20-2017

[QUOTE=BoxingTech718;17964300][B]Ward went and fought Kovalev twice while Stevenson has made every excuse to duck Krusher. [/B] Ward is probably looking at Adonis as a clown and an embarrassment. Fighting Stevenson probably won't even give him a big payday. The only…

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