Terence Crawford: A King Amongst Men
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
August 6, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – “Did you find what you were looking for?” – Terence Crawford
On August 19, in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, the number one ranked fighter in the world within the Super-Lightweight division and pound-4-pound King Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC, WBO, Ring Lineal Super-Lightweight championship against the current IBF, WBA, IBO Super-Lightweight Champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs). It’s been quite some time since boxing has had a fight which featured the winner being awarded all the belts.
Crawford by far is one of the best fighters in this generation.
He possesses unbelievable talent, skill, and a flare to make his fights captivating. Crawford is a thinker inside the ring. He methodically breaks his opponents down, round by round, until they find themselves swimming in an ocean without a life preserver.
The way he switches stances, at the blink of an eye, shows his willingness to engage his opponents, while staying committed to his game plan. Crawford is slick, possesses power, and the accuracy of where he lands his punches frustrates his opponents in mental and physical submission.
On August 19, in front of his hometown fans at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, he will be facing a dangerous fighter in Indongo. Little is known about the southpaw champion Indongo as he exploded on the boxing scene late in December (2016), scoring a sensational first-round knockout over then WBA champion Eduard Troyanovsky (26-1, 23 KOs). The native of Windhoek, Namibia obliterated Troyanovsky at 0:40 of the first round, landing a straight left-hand that knocked out the former Russian champion.
After his win, Indongo went on to face the then IBF Super-Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs). Burns, the former WBO Lightweight champion, who previously faced Crawford in his hometown of the United Kingdom, was no match for the American. Crawford won a unanimous decision, winning his first world championship along the way. Indongo would follow suit by defeating Burns on 4/15/17, winning the IBF Super-Lightweight Championship in unanimous fashion.
Burns stood at 5’10 in height. Troyanovsky stood at 5’8 in height. Indongo stands at 5’10 ½ in height. Crawford, listed at 5’8 in height, but when you watch him fight, he clearly fights as a fighter that’s 6’0 and better. And let’s not forget the thrashing that Crawford gave the then WBC Super-Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) who stands at 5’11.
Now the question begs to be asked: Will height and reach play a factor in this fight? I think not. Height and reach would be a determining factor in other fights but not with the mastery that Crawford possesses. He’s a chameleon, able to adapt and change to weather and his surroundings, especially inside the squared-circle. At 5’8, whether big or tall, Crawford always finds a way to breakdown and defeat his opponent.
On August 19, live on ESPN, the “King of the 140-pound division” will once again give fight fans a majestic performance that will transcend his career to another realm: UNDISPUTED!!!
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