We thought that it simply couldn’t happen in the modern era. Nonetheless, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will meet next weekend (August 19) in Nebraska for the undisputed light welterweight championship of the world.
This highly interesting and attractive match up between two credible, top flight operators in their primes constitutes the first fight for all of the major sanctioning body marbles since Jermaine Taylor decisioned Bernard Hopkins in their first encounter back in July 2015.
Crawford, the WBC and WBO champion is an increasingly emergent favourite whenever hardcore fans have occasion to discuss that all important, if ultimately spurious, mantle of ‘best pound for pound fighter in the world.’
For his part, Indongo, owner of the remaining WBA and IBF baubles, is a relative over night sensation having trounced Eduard Troyanovsky with a ‘KO of the year’ type blow out before posting a comprehensive whitewash against Ricky Burns, in his native Glasgow stronghold.
You won’t overhear too many frenzied conversations in the pub about this one as the general populace are eagerly anticipating Floyd Mayweather’s audacious bid to go 50 ‘not out’ vs an Irish MMA superstar who need not be named here.
Pause for a few seconds and allow that damning indictment of the modern boxing world to truly resonate. Then tune into SKY Sports a week on Saturday, with a cold beer or a scotch on the rocks and enjoy a real fight for the 140 pound Championship of The World.
As for a prediction….? I’ll get back to you…