Terence Crawford makes history, unifies 140-pound titles with third-round knockout


Terence "Bud" Crawford claimed another victory in the ring Saturday night with a knockout of Julius Indongo in the third round at Pinnacle Bank Arena. He now holds the WBO and WBC super lightweight world titles. Crawford, along with Taylor and the man he had dethroned (Bernard Hopkins) are the only fighters to have unified all four widely recognized title belts in a weight class.

The unbeaten Lipinets and his handlers protested the IBF's decision to allow Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) to go forward with a rare full title unification fight against Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) because Lipinets is the mandatory challenger for the IBF's 140-pound championship. Crawford's impressive, quick victory left Lipinets livid, unable to process how the IBF granted Indongo an exception to fight Crawford. Crawford was never in danger of looking second best as he sharply countered the taller Indongo's rangy levers before concluding the action with a sickening body blow.

In an exciting opening round, the two defending champions traded solid punches before Crawford landed a left hand, followed by a hard right that dropped the Namibian in the second.

The 34-year-old Indongo, who is unfamiliar to most boxing fans in the USA, landed very few punches in the three rounds as he dropped to 22-1 overall. I'd like to thank Nebraska, America I did this for all of us.

"Belts matter and I am the only world champion at 140lbs - it is a big deal to me".

'This is a dream come true.

Indongo came in as a heavy underdog and looked the part as he failed to connect on his wide looping punches and left himself open for Crawford's stinging lefts.

'We have been practising body shots all camp and everything we worked on in camp came out today.

The 29-year-old Crawford added, though, that he could continue to comfortably make the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds.