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Crawford vs. Indongo -"For All The Marbles"

By Allan Cerf

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It’s Terrence, ‘Bud’ Crawford vs. Julius “The Blue Machine” August 19, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln Nebraska/ESPN Live Stream.

 

Background: A very rare, true, “total unification bout,” it’s being touted. All belts will become the winner’s property! A sensational fight not to be missed. Best of all, FREE on ESPN. I hope my doubts are misplaced - and the network can make enough from advertisers to keep fights free. My advice? Don’t miss a single important ESPN championship fight.

 

Pity the poor “guinea pig” Ricky Burns who had to fight Namibia’s Indongo ‘blind,’ as footage of Julius was almost non-existent. Burns – who had his moments, soon discovered how awkwardly good Indongo is – a guy who says he represents all of Africa, not just the Southwest. Lucky for Terrence Crawford, he too has size and peculiar tools to counter-baffle the African.

 

Scorecards: (Speed, Power, Defense, Reach, Age, Stamina, Experience)

Crawford: B+ B+, B+ B B B+, B+ (Average of all) B

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Crawford: B+ B+, B+ B B B+, B+ (Average of all) B

Indongo: B B- B+ B C+ B+ B Average of all) B-

 

Personal: Crawford: Per countless videos of TC kickin’ it on his front porch – the man is affable and all about family.

 

Indongo: TBD

 

Fight and Prediction: On paper things strongly favor Bud Crawford. His competition is much better. He’s a switch hitter. He hits harder. He’s much younger. That said... I’m 5’11” and change for certain – yet Indongo looks much taller than that. His reach is a bit longer than Crawford’s. This gives Julius an apparent advantage of height of, I’d say, 4 inches. Larry Merchant’s “geography of a fight” is a strange thing. Could be that the height advantage means nothing. It could likewise be hugely significant.

 

In my view, the fight hangs on two things. Southpaw Indongo who has a very good right, is nevertheless left-hand crazy. Like a clever pitcher, he releases it from a variety of angles, some crazy. He telegraphs it which is usually a death sentence but against Burns it didn’t matter. Like a mini Paul Williams, Indongo got away with it. You’d think Crawford will time that telegraph and eventually KO Indongo for the flaw. Yet the key factor is that- through good but not perfect English, Indongo seems to acknowledge that the fight is a huge challenge without stating “but one I’ll surmount.” African and Cuban fighters, while burning to win, seem more content with hard fought losses than Americans – how’s that for a generality? Yet one I stand by. I think Crawford would rather jump off a cliff than lose. I think that’s the key fact of this fight.

 

What a fight! If close in favor of Crawford, it means good things for both fighters – and all fans. If Crawford KO’s Indongo then he’s the pound-for-pound champ, on my list, period. If Indongo somehow wins a decision despite judges I’d guess, predisposed towards Crawford, he becomes an instant, shocking superstar.

 

Crawford TKO Indongo 11.

 

 

 

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