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Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) made boxing history Saturday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, defeating Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) by third-round knockout to unify all four world titles in the junior welterweight division.
It was a vicious, overwhelming victory for the 29-year-old Nebraskan. “Bud” Crawford knocked down Indongo in the second round with a left hand to the head, then finished him with a phenomenal body-shot knockout early in the third round.
Bad Left Hook and boxer Sergio Mora reacted to the victory:
ESPN Boxeo linked to the winning moment, while Top Rank reacted:
Crawford’s win marks the first time a boxer had unified all four belts in a weight class since Jermain Taylor beat Bernard Hopkins in 2005. The bout itself was the first four-belt unification fight since Hopkins defeated Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. He told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael prior to the fight how important it was to him to own the division:
“It means a lot to me being it’s the first time all four belts have been on the line at one time in a long time. Only been done [three times] ever before. I am just ready for the moment and excited for the fight. This is what we do it for, to be called one of the best in the world, in the division. Why not shoot for greatness?”
Crawford brought his undefeated record and the WBC and WBO world titles into the bout. The undisputed king at 140 pounds, Crawford has proved himself nigh impossible to hit at times and one of the most creative, technically brilliant fighters in the sport.
Indongo had established himself as a road warrior coming into the bout. After fighting solely in his native Namibia to start his career, Indongo ventured to Russia to defeat Eduard Troyanovsky on his home turf, and then did the same to Ricky Burns in Glasgow. He picked up his IBF and WBA world junior welterweight titles in the process.
This set the stage for his intrusion into Crawford’s Nebraska backyard, but this time, he was met with swift defeat.
Crawford, one of the best in boxing at switching stances, matched Indongo’s southpaw stance for this bout. Indongo’s best attributes are his power and length, but the speed and guile of Crawford made it difficult for him to connect with any punch packing real strength.
Ring‘s Mike Coppinger noted the 34-year-old Namibian’s inability to connect wasn’t for a lack of trying:
The cucumber-cool Crawford was unfazed by Indongo’s wild swings. He put the pressure on him in the second round, and it paid off with a thumping knockdown.
RingTV.com’s Douglass Fischer diagnosed Indongo’s issues:
Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole pointed out the discrepancy in one key area:
Indongo may have shown he can outclass some of the better fighters in the division, but he was completely out of his depth against Crawford.
The third round was all Crawford, and Bud finished off Indongo in a particularly unfriendly manner, dodging a whipping hook shot and following it up with a short, sharp strike to Indongo’s liver, sending him crumpling to the canvas in pain.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Snowden described the vicious blow:
Of course, the big question for Crawford is: What’s next?
He’s taken complete ownership at 140 pounds, so it seems that if he is to make bigger money and really become a household name, he will have to move up to the welterweight ranks.
It looked like the Iron Bowl, but with less mania.
The Cardinals’ Phil Dawson attempted a 63-yard field goal to close out the half. For reference, the longest kick in NFL history is 64 yards, which was set in 2013 by Matt Prater. So this kick was quite the long shot.
Dawson understandably came up short, and Deonte Thompson handled the rest.
109 YARDS TO THE HOUSE!!!
— NFL (@NFL) August 20, 2017
Thompson could not have scored a longer touchdown in any play on the field. Cordarrelle Patterson scored the first 109-yard touchdown in NFL history with a kickoff return in 2013 as a rookie. Prior to his, three players shared the record at 108 yards between Ellis Hobbs, Randall Cobb, and Jacoby Jones who did it in Super Bowl XLVII.
The kick-six was impressive, but Chris Davis’ kick-six from the Iron Bowl will forever be the greatest (which was also 109 yards).
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Tim Howard isn’t mad. He’s just disappointed.
An own goal has to be the most defeating feeling on the planet.
That is Colorado Rapids’ Jared Watts attempting to play the ball back to Tim Howard. Obviously, it did not go as planned. You can see the disappointment on Howard’s face. Hooboy.
27′ – Miscommunication between Howard and Watts leads to an own goal.
— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) August 20, 2017
We’ve seen some pretty bad own goals recently, but to have one 27 minutes into a match has got to be the biggest gut punch.
You work so hard at game planning only to have miscommunication cost you a goal and force you to change your approach to the entire match.
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Asuka continued her 500-plus-day reign as NXT women’s champion and remained undefeated at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on Saturday by defeating Ember Moon.
Moon came closer to beating Asuka than anyone ever has and even hit her with the Eclipse, but Asuka became the first Superstar to kick out of it, as seen in this GIF courtesy of WWE Universe:
Asuka worked Moon’s arm and shoulder throughout the match, and it worked to her advantage, as Moon was forced to tap to the Asuka Lock in the closing stages at Barclays Center.
After the match, Asuka celebrated with her title still in tow, per WWE’s official Twitter account:
The Empress of Tomorrow entered TakeOver as perhaps the most dominant Superstar in WWE history. Her winning streak surpassed that of Goldberg in WCW, and it seemed as though nobody was capable of knocking her from her perch.
While there had been some close calls, it can be argued that nobody pushed Asuka more than Moon at NXT TakeOver: Orlando the night before WrestleMania.
Ember appeared to have her on the ropes, but Asuka used the referee to interrupt Moon’s attempt to hit the Eclipse, which resulted in the Japanese Superstar retaining.
An injury prevented Moon from competing at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, but Asuka beat both Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot in a Triple Threat match.
Asuka also beat Cross in a Last Woman Standing match on NXT TV, which created the need for a new challenger to emerge.
Ember beat Riot in a tightly contested match, and NXT general manager William Regal decided to give her another shot at Asuka.
Due to her dominance, Asuka’s ego has grown in recent months, and that was apparent based on some of the comments she made in reference to Moon prior to TakeOver:
Despite the massive challenge in front of her, though, Ember remained confident in her own right:
Aside from losing to Asuka in Orlando, Moon was essentially unstoppable as well due to her devastating finishing maneuver.
The Eclipse is a flipping, top-rope Stunner that has put down many of the top female Superstars NXT has to offer, which is why Asuka went to such great lengths to avoid suffering its wrath at TakeOver: Orlando.
Since a single Eclipse had the potential to end Asuka’s title reign and undefeated streak, there was a ton of intrigue entering Saturday’s event.
Also, since there is no question that Asuka is ready for the main roster whenever the situation presents itself, there was some thought a loss in Brooklyn was possible to facilitate a call-up.
Asuka’s incredible roll reached another level instead, and it is difficult to envision another woman on the NXT roster figuring out a way to dethrone her at this point.
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