Thursday, 06 July 2017 01:34

Crawford vs Indongo odds: Sure about that?

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On August 19, Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KO) faces Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) in a battle of champions.

Crawford is the WBC/WBO belt holder while his lesser-known peer owns the WBA and IBF belts.

And Crawford vs Indongo will take place in Terence's proverbial backyard, the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Crawford vs Indongo odds
Of course, the odds overwhelmingly favor Crawford. After all, he's defeated much better opposition.

As of July 5, Terence Crawford is, per bet365, a -1,000 favorite while Indongo is a +600 underdog. Essentially, one must bet $1,000 on Terence to win $100 and $100 on Indongo to win $600.

Sure, Crawford has the better reputation and higher KO rate. He's even fighting at home.... But let's look at the intangibles.

For starters, Indongo is unbeaten. Like Crawford, he's known nothing but success as a prizefighter.

Secondly, although Indongo's KO ratio is only 50 percent, he's stopped 3 of his last 4 opponents inside the distance. This shows us he's peaking.

And third, he's 5′ 10½" with a 71½" reach. From fingertip to fingertip, he's about two inches greater than Terence.

As my old boxing coach would say, "He has arms that stretch way out yonder."

Lastly, he has good skills and two recent upset wins. Don't forget, he was a lightweight at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. And as a pro and more recently, he is fresh off a unanimous decision verdict win over Ricky Burns which preceded his December shocker, a 40 second knockout out of red hot Eduard Troyanovsky (then 25-0) in the latter's hometown.

Julius's first punch landed was a perfectly timed power left hook.

Game over.

Indongo is a tough man and the odds are not indicative of the threat he boasts. And did I mention he's a southpaw, iike Terence?

Crawford is - and should be - the clear favorite but Julius has a lot going for him so don't be surprised if the odds narrow going forward,

Can Terence Crawford defeat an undefeated, hungry, naturally big welterweight who seems to be peaking?

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

Lee Cleveland

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