Indongo loses world titles to Crawford

20 Aug 2017 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo lost to American boxing champion Terence Crawford in their unification bout on Sunday.
The super lightweight division fight took place in Nebraska in the United States of America at 04h00 Namibian time and was broadcast live here on Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) television through its partner, Kwesé Free Sports.
Indongo effectively lost his World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF), and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) belts to Crawford, who already had the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organisation belts.
This was the Namibian's first defeat in 22 fights since turning professional in July 2009.
He was knocked down in the third round of their scheduled 12-round bout.
Indongo first hit the canvas in the second round but got up fast to beat referee Jack Reiss’s countdown. Crawford’s right hook to the stomach in the third round however saw the Namibian collapse into the foetal position, ending the fight with one minute and 33 seconds left of the three-minute round.
Crawford told the crowd after the fight it was a dream come true to be the undisputed champion. He said he had been practicing body shots and it felt good to execute it in the fight.
Crawford’s victory made him the first fully unified boxing champion in any division since Jermain Taylor owned the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO middleweight titles after defeating Bernard Hopkins by split decision in July 2005.
Indongo stepped into the ring having floored Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky in just 40 seconds to claim the IBF and IBO world titles on 03 December 2016 in Moscow, and out-classing Scotland’s Ricky Burns by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder to win the WBA super lightweight championship on 15 April this year in Glasgow.