Terence Crawford Cemented His Boxing Legacy With Division Titles Unification

Terence Crawford is writing a boxing legacy that will place him among the all-time greats. A unification of the super lightweight boxing titles was his latest feat and a rare one.

The Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska sold out in advance of the Terence Crawford versus Julius Indongo boxing match.

And it only took three rounds for history to be made.

Terence Crawford became first fighter since Jermain Taylor to hold four titles in modern-day boxing. The only other fighter to do so was Bernard Hopkins.

The 29-year-old Crawford added the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association 140-pound titles to his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization belts to unify the division titles.

Crawford hit Indongo with a right punch to the body in the last 60 seconds of the second round and barely missed with a left hook to end the round. Setting the tone early in the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down for good. Indongo was unable to escape a 10 count and Crawford left the bout with a career defining win. The final punch to Indongo hurt him badly and he couldn’t get up. “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” Indongo said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”

Crawford improved his undefeated professional record to 32-0 with his latest win. 23 coming by way of knockout. Indongo suffered his first loss in 23 professional fights to fall to 22-1 with 11 knockouts.

Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration as the referee waved the fight was over.

“It means everything,” Crawford stated. “I’m the only one who can say I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can say they’re undisputed in their weight division.”

Crawford’s legacy is beginning to turn towards one for the history books with each win.

His next opponent could come down between the winner of a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn.

Could Conor McGregor actually beat Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, It looks as if we are about to find out

The stage is set. Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. The date is set. August 26th, 2017. The fighting style is set. Boxing. Every scenario favors Floyd Mayweather to add another win to his 49-0 professional boxing record. But what if Mayweather loses his mega fight against UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor?

 

Las Vegas has the odds set at -800 in favor of Floyd Mayweather. A gambling man should take whatever money they could scramble together and bet it all on Mayweather to do what he is known to do — win.

But what if Conor McGregor actually pulled off one of the largest upsets in sports history. While no one outside of the McGregor camp and Fox Sports’ anchor Skip Bayless gives McGregor any chance to actually win this bout. Check his series of tweets a few days ago:

While not convinced McGregor will actually win this bout, Bayless made a couple of valid points.

The Case:

McGregor has the ability to fight ambidextrous. This overlooked ability could be a deciding point if used correctly. Floyd has faced some great opponents in his career but none like McGregor who can switch fighting styles at will. The basis of winning a boxing match is to out-maneuver your opponent and land punches. Expect McGregor to use every bit of this strategy against the defensive specialist Floyd to keep him guessing.

The second point Bayless pointed out was Mayweather getting called out of retirement to prove a point. While no one cam be exactly sure what Floyd did during his retirement, he will need to get in shape pretty quick. If Floyd comes out too cocky, it could land him in big trouble. While videos have surfaced recently of McGregor sparring against a professional boxer and getting handled, McGregor is still capable of taunting Floyd into one big punch and one big punch is all a fighter needs to turn the odds in their favor.

The Probable:

No one should be looking for this fight to be a one-sided Mayweather scorecard victory. Instead this will be a competitive bout. Rounds one through four will probably display and aggressive McGregor chasing Mayweather as he attempts to display his textbook defense. Rounds five and six are about as close to even as it will get as Mayweather figures out what McGregor is doing on offense and switching his fighting styles. Rounds six though 12, will end up being text-book Mayweather rounds. Solid defense, counter punching, and quick combination flurries to seal another Mayweather win.

The Twist:

Round six ends with an illegal blow by McGregor and he manages to capitalize and put Mayweather on the floor for the first time in his career. Mayweather still escapes with a win but a questionable split one. After all, Las Vegas is not going to allow their man lose at home.

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