Terence Crawford lands a big fight that could see him climb even further up the mythical pound for pound list in the near future.
Boxing may soon see another undisputed champion announced as soon as August as the two standing titlists in the junior welterweight division will face off.
Terence Crawford; WBC, WBO Ring Magazine and lineal champion will do battle with IBF, IBO and WBA champ Julius Indongo of Namibia at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska on August 19th, not too far away from Crawford’s hometown of Omaha.
The fight’s origins started with victories by both Crawford(31-0 22KO) and Indongo (22-0 11KO).
Crawford had dismantled and TKO’d Olympic gold medalist and undefeated fighter Felix Diaz at New York’s Madison Square Garden May 20th and Julius Indongo had two consecutive victories against champions Edward Troyanovsky with a spectacular first round knockout and Ricky Burns in a 12 round outclassing of Burns to obtain his belts .
The winner of this contest travels away from the mid-Western United States as the undefeated and undisputed world junior welterweight champion.
The fight will be televised on ESPN, similar to this weekend’s bout in Australia, “The Battle of Brisbane”, Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title (which Crawford may fight for next). Crawford and Pacquaio are both promoted by Top Rank and Bob Arum.
American boxing fans will be treated to several free bouts over the next several months as another top pound-for-pound fighter; Vasyl Lomachenko’s next matchup will also be broadcast on ESPN.
At first the matchup seemed unlikely because Indongo had a mandatory defense of the IBF belt against Sergey Lipinets, who had stated repeatedly he would not step aside.
The IBF ultimately ruled in favor of the unification bout ahead of that matchup, with the winner being forced to face Lipinets immediately afterward.
According to ESPN.com In the Crawford-Indongo co-feature on the undercard, light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KOs), 30, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine, will face an opponent to be announced later in a 10-round matchup.
Also supposedly appearing in Nebraska potentially will be Dillian Whyte, coming off his amazing battle and split decision victory over Dereck Chisora, and returning from a long layoff and after a TKO defeat to Cuban heavy hitter Luis Ortiz, Bryant Jennings, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will make his return to the ring as well.
Shakur Stevenson, who fought on Crawford’s undercard May 20th, and Lomachenko stoppage victim Nicholas Walters from Jamaica, who retired on his stool in a junior lightweight bout in the seventh round last November.
If Crawford is victorious in uniting all the belts, he will join women’s welterweight champ, Norway’s Cecelia Braekhus as the only undisputed champions of boxing.
It has been long rumored that Crawford also if victorious will venture up to the already densely packed welterweight division.