In an historic match up we see a chance for a true lineal champion of the Super Lightweight division and a feat that has only been accomplished twice in the modern boxing era, Bernard Hopkins was the first man to do it in the middleweight division then when Jermain Taylor beat him in 2005 he was the second and last only man to hold all four major recognised belts which include the WBC, WBA, WBO and the IBF. This fight will also be for the Ring Magazine Belt which is normally only on the line for fights that are worthy of the title.
To see how hard this is and what it means to be a True Lineal Champion please revisit an older article of FV360 which explains the history of the Lineal Champion.
This match up pits two men at the two ends of the spectrum, Terance Crawford who is the WBC and the WBO champion is highly regarded as one of the best if not thee best pound for pound fighters active at the minute and one of the most entertaining fighters out there to watch.
Crawford has an impressive record of 31 wins with 22 knockouts, zero losses and zero draws, He has only ever travelled once outside of America to fight and that is when he went to Scotland to face and beat Ricky Burns for the WBO Lightweight title.
He made his mark on the Super Lightweight division by beating Thomas Dulorme for the Vacant WBO title and the unbeaten Viktor Postol for the WBC title. This will be the sixth time he has faced someone with an unbeaten record. Crawford will be giving up 2 inches in height and and 1 inch in reach but he has stated this isn’t a concern for him.
On the other side it appears that Julious Indongo has come out f no where to be fighting in one of the biggest fights in years, he has mainly fought in his homeland of Namibia winning the Namibian Lightweight title and the WBO African Super Lightweight Title. There is still a lot unknown about Indongo and for his last fight his opponent Ricky Burns had to find scarce footage of him on YouTube, but one thing is for sure and that is he is not to be underestimated as he has proven twice already in his last two fights he can come into your backyard and take away your world title.
Indongos record is impressive on paper winning 22 contests, zero losses and zero draws, but with twenty of his fights being in Namibia it is hard to tell what the level of opponent was like but there is no mistaking the way he handled Eduard Troyanovsky by knocking him out in the first round for the IBF Super Lightweight Title and IBO Super Lightweight Title and the way he convincingly beat Ricky Burns over twelve rounds for the WBA Super Lightweight Title. Make no mistake this will be a fascinating fight and I am expecting it to be an exciting fight thus making this year a great year so far and with some more great fights to come in the coming months the boxing world is thriving at the minute.
Also on the card see Oleksandr Gvozdyk take on Craig Baker in defense of his NABF Light Heavyweight Title, unbeaten Mike Reed takes on Robert Frankel, Nicholas Walters returns to the ring after losing in his last fight to Lomenchenko to face Arturo Santos Reyes, flying over from the UK for his first fight in America is Dillian Whyte as he takes on Malcolm Tann and finally Bryant Jennings is back in the ring after his underwhelming performance against Luis Ortiz to face Daniel Martz.