Crawford vs. Indongo Preview

By Robert Ecksel on July 10, 2017
Crawford vs. Indongo Preview
“He’s a bigger threat now than at any other time. He has all the confidence in the world.”

Confidence, like courage, is never enough. But it will make for an interesting bout before Crawford pulls ahead…

On Saturday, August 19, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, WBC/WBO 140-pound champion Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), the Fighting Pride of Omaha, Nebraska, fights WBA/IBF/IBO 140-pound champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs), the southpaw from Windhoek, Namibia, making his U.S. debut, to unify the super lightweight titles.

Crawford says Indongo is a “big threat.” He may be big at 5-feet-10½ inches to 5-foot-8 for Crawford, but he’s no more a threat to Crawford than any of the other men he has faced. Unlike most of Crawford’s opponents, however, all of whom were good but few of whom were great, Indongo has three belts in his possession and is lean and lanky enough to give Crawford some trouble. But give Crawford a few rounds and he’ll be able to figure out almost anyone, and it won’t be much different when he fights the Namibian.

“Julius Indongo is a champion with a lot of confidence right now being that he went over to Russia and took the title from Eduard Troyanovsky and then went to Scotland and took Ricky Burns’ title,” Crawford said. “Now he’s coming to the U.S. to challenge me.  He’s a bigger threat now than at any other time because he has all the confidence in the world.”

Confidence, like courage, is never enough. But it will make for an interesting bout before Crawford pulls ahead.

“Me and my team went to New York City—a trip of 20 hours from Namibia—to watch Terence Crawford against Felix Diaz,” said Indongo. “I will tell you this—Crawford is a real champion. He had a big impressive win over Diaz. Crawford showed me real character in that fight. On August 19, Crawford’s skill and power will bring out the best of me. I am ready and prepared to face him.”

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the fight live starting at 10 p.m. ET.

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