Crawford v Indongo preview and fan thoughts
Terence Crawford (31-0) and Julius Indongo (22-0) put it all on the line this Saturday when they meet in a Light Welterweight unification clash at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska. All four of the Light Welterweight crowns will be on the line, and the winner will walk out of the ring known as the best 140lbs fighter on the planet.
Crawford will have home advantage as he will be fighting in his home state, but this won’t faze Indongo, who added the WBA World Super Lightweight title to his IBF World Super Lightweight crown last time out when he fought Ricky Burns in Glasgow.
‘Bud’ as Crawford is known as in the ring, beat Feliz Diaz last time out when Diaz retired in round 10 and has the better names on his record out of the two unbeaten fighters. With the likes of John Molina Jr, Viktor Postol, Raymundo Beltran and Yuriorkis Gamboa to name a few on his record, its fair to say that Crawford has more ring experience and has been tested at a higher level than Indongo, but be sure that the Namibian will not be fazed by that one bit, if his last two outings are anything to go by.
Both fighters know what is on the line and know that ‘Someones 0 has got to go’, and we’ve been asking fight fans for their predictions ahead of the huge unification showdown.
Chris Smith (@cbonez14): I’m extremely excited for this fight being that it’s the first unification fight in boxing for the chance to become undisputed since 2005 and I’m a huge Bud Crawford fan, and much respect to Julius Indongo a true champion. But, here is how I see the matchup unfolding. Now, Indongo is a very long and rangy fighter with awkwardness fighting out of the southpaw stance. I see him having some success early while Crawford adjusts to his awkward style. Indongo has a nice right jab followed by his straight left hand which we’ve seen him use to stop fighters in the past. So with that being said coming from the southpaw stance, expect Terence to slip the jab and counter that left hand often in the fight. To both Indongo’s body, as well as his head. Terence will disrupt Indongo’s rhythm by using his own jab, as well as his footwork, which will create openings throughout the fight and look for Bud to start to takeover from round 3 on. I’m leaning towards a late stoppage, TKO in the 10th round for Terence Crawford but, don’t be shocked if this goes the distance and Crawford wins by UD. Either way, we’re looking at the new Undisputed Junior Welterweight Champion Terence Bud Crawford.
This is Christopher Smith from Denver. Thank you!
Who comes out victorious in the showdown between the two unbeaten champions and why? Let us know in the comments below…
*Feature Image courtesy of Pinnaclebankarena.com*