Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo Preview

Before the madness that is Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor finally concludes on August 26, August 19 will feature a once-in-a-lifetime type of matchup at 140 pounds: a unification fight where all four major world titles are on the line. Unified chamions Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will meet on ESPN to decide who will be the undisputed junior middleweight world champion.

What is at stake:

All the 140-pound world titles, which is about the highest stakes possible in this sport. Never in the history of boxing has all four major world titles (WBA, WBC, IBF and WBA) been on the line at once in the junior welterweight division.

Crawford isn’t just going for all the titles in this fight. He’s looking to gain massive momentum ahead of a possible move up in weight to welterweight, where Crawford can many big time fights and challenge for more world titles.

Should Crawford defeat Indongo, it’s entirely possible that Crawford could call it quits as there really is not much else for him at the 140-pound division. He’s beaten Viktor Postol, he’s defeated Felix Diaz in dominant fashion and he beat the other unified champion. There’s a possibility that Crawford could fight Mikey Garcia should he move up in weight and abandon the lightweight division, but as previously reported, it’s hard to see either side leave their respective fight network (ESPN for Crawford, Showtime for Garcia) to take the fight.

But this fight is also the next test in ESPN’s experiment to be the premier boxing network with their partnership with Top Rank. The partnership’s first test, Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn, was a resounding success in the ratings, but the second fight, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga, was a disaster that did even worse viewership than most HBO-televised cards, which has about a third of ESPN’s subscribers.

It’s hard to predict what viewership will be like, but somewhere along the lines of 2 million viewers and above would be a great success for ESPN. The viewership is the only real measure of success for this fight, as live gates is expected to be what it is for a Terence Crawford fight in Omaha, Nebraska, perhaps a little higher since this is such a historic fight.

Indongo is the underdog in this encounter, and Indongo is in a weird position as the underdog. Not many people think Indongo can beat Crawford in this fight, despite the size and reach advantage, but no one thinks he’ll get blown out by Crawford if the fight were to go to the scorecards. This is a really solid matchup for sure, but something about the fight is not giving off the impression that this will be a fight to be remembered decades from now like in prior instances where similarly historic fights were made.

The card and where to watch:

As far as the entire card is concerned, top to bottom, this is one of the better cards in all of 2017, which is definitely a feat in and of itself given how many great boxing cards there has been already this year. Most of the fights have at least one name that hardcore boxing fans can recognize

Only the top two fights will be shown on ESPN, but the full card will be streamed online at ESPN's online streaming service. Below is the full card.

  • Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo for Crawford's WBO/WBC and Indongo's IBF/WBA junior welterweight titles
  • Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Craig Baker: light heavyweight bout
  • Shakur Stevenson vs. David Paz: featherweight bout
  • Mike Alvarado vs. Sidney De Siqueira: welterweight bout
  • Bryan Jennings vs. Daniel Martz: heavyweight bout
  • Dillian Whyte vs. Malcolm Tann: heavyweight bout
  • Mike Reed vs. Rob Frankel: junior welterweight bout
  • Steve Nelson vs. Cesar Ruiz: light heavyweight bout
  • Kevin Ventura vs. Baltazar Ramirez: junior lightweight bout

Tale of the Tape:

Terence Crawford:

Record: 31-0 (22 KO)

Height: 5’8”

Reach: 70”

Notable Wins: Hank Lundy, Thomas Dulorme, Viktor Postol, John Lomina Jr., Felix Diaz

Julius Indongo:

Record: 22-0 (11 KO)

Height: 5’10”

Reach: 71.5”

Notable Wins: Eduard Troyanovski, Ricky Burns

Betting odds (From Bovada):

Terence Crawford: -2250 (Favorite)

Julius Indongo: +950 (Underdog)

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