Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:40

Terence Crawford's next fight: Julius Indongo on tap?

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After stopping Felix Diaz last weekend, surging WBO/WBC Super Lightweight Champion Terence Crawford might be on a collision course with fight legend and WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao.

... But Pacquiao vs Crawford might not be next.

Enter Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs).

“The guy I’d like to match him [Terence Crawford] with is the guy who has the other two titles [Indongo], so it would be a nice fight for four belts on the line,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com after the Diaz fight.

“So we’ll see. And then, if he wins that I would go to Manny and try to make that fight. It’s the biggest fight for Manny.”

Is Crawford vs Indongo on tap?

Indongo, of course, is Crawford's lesser-known peer at super lightweight division, owning the division's IBF and WBA versions of the title.

A lightweight participant at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, the 34 year old southpaw hails from Namibia and had a big year in 2016 (3-0, 3KO).

Ranked by BoxRec as the division's No. 3 fighter (behind Crawford and Viktor Postol), he is fresh off a unanimous decision verdict win over Ricky Burns last month.

The Burns fight followed his December shocker where he knocked out red hot Eduard Troyanovsky (then 25-0) in just 40 seconds.

Julius's first punch landed was a perfectly timed power left hook to the jaw that sent Troyanovsky down and out. Fighting in his native Russia, Troyanovsky entered the bout ranked No. 2 in the division by BoxRec.

Perhaps Indongo has something waiting for Mr. Crawford?

Can Indongo stop the Crawford surge? Should the fight happen next, will the Namibian even present a test for Terence?

Indongo facts & stats
Record: 22-0, 11 KO
Born: 1983-02-12 (Age:34)
Birthplace: Windhoek, Namibia
Hometown: Windhoek, Namibia
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 10½″ / 179cm
Reach: 71½″ / 181cm
Trainer/Manager: Nestor Tobias

2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, boxing as a Lightweight (60 kg)
Has a record of 2-0-0 in world title fights.
Has a record of 2-0-0 against former or current world champions.
Has a record of 2-0-0 in fights outside of his native Namibia.
Won against Eduard Troyanovsky & Ricky Burns

Julius Indongo highlights

Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.