All titles! One champion will be crowned the undisputed king of 140 pounds, when the monarchs unbeaten TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD and Julius Indongo be measured this Saturday, Aug. 19, in a historic meeting in which for the first time the championships will be unified junior welterweight boxing division of leading organizations.
Crawford and Indongo battle for supremacy of the division in a historic unification bout to be held on Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The battle between Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, one two-time world champion, ‘Fighter of the Year’ in 2014 and current monarch junior welterweight World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Council Boxing (WBC) and the Ring Magazine, and Indongo (22-0, 12 KOs), Windhoek, Namibia, who holds the titles of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA), will be televised live and exclusively at 10 pm EST on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN mobile app in Mexico will be broadcast on Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxing.
“This fight means more to me than when I won my first world title. This is history. I want to be the first fighter to unify all titles in the junior welterweight division. For this it is that we are in this sport. To fight the best and capture all these titles, “said Crawford.
“If I win all these titles, I must be crowned as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. No discussion, “said the popular champion Omaha in the last press conference before the historic battle of world championships.
Indongo is a true road warrior. The fighter Namibia won the IBF title by knocking out Russian Eduard Troyanovski in Moscow, Russia, and then traveled to Scotland to wrest the WBA belt Scottish Ricky Burns. Now, he plans to come into enemy territory once again to do the same when faced a Crawford.
” I appreciate this opportunity very much. It is not easy to come into enemy territory to challenge a champion, but I have the focus, skill and heart to make another champion’s defeat at home. This will be a historic fight, “Indongo said.
The live broadcast will open with the battle of former Olympic heavyweight champion and undefeated NABF / NABO Oleksandr ‘The Nail’ GVOZDYK (13-0, 11 KOs), Kharkiv, Ukraine, defending his titles against CRAIG BAKER (17 -1, 13 KOs), of Baytown, TX. To Baker, Gvozdyk – WBC ranked second and third – ranked WBA and IBF – will risk their titles and their unbeaten way to a world title opportunity. The last five victories have been by Baker knockout.
“I take very seriously the fight against Baker. I have seen many of his fights and I will not make the same mistake of other fighters who underestimated him and ended up being knocked out, “said Gvozdyk.
“I am grateful for this opportunity. Many people think I’m an easy opponent to Gvozdyk, but I like to show that I can be much more than what people may think of me, “Baker said.
In preliminary fights will be transmitted live via the mobile application ESPN will be in action former US Olympic Rio 2016 and silver medal, Shakur Stevenson (2-0, 1 KO), of Newark, NJ, in a battle a six round featherweight; former junior welterweight champion of the WBO, “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO (37-4, 25 KOs), of Denver, in a fight 10 rounds at welterweight; the two – time challenger BRYANT JENNINGS Heavyweight (19-2, 10 KOs), of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in an eight – round brawl; MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED (22-0, 12 KOs), of Waldorf, MD, in a fight to 10 episodes in the junior welterweight champion and favorite sons Omaha, STEVE NELSON (7-0, 6 KOs) and Kevin VENTURA (6-0, 5 KOs), fighting in fighting six round light respectively heavy and junior semi weight.
In a promotion of Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing, remaining tickets for the world championship event Crawford vs. Indongo in all price: $ 128, $ 78, $ 53 and $ 28, can be purchased online via www.TicketMaster.com via phone at 1-800-745-300 and the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box Office (located in the lobby south – Monday through Friday – 11:30 am to%. 30 pm (central time) on the day of the event the doors open at 5:00 pm (central time).