Terence Crawford Unifies 140-Pound Division With Vicious Body Shot KO

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Crawford and trainer Brian McIntyre noticed when studying Indongo that he threw wide shots, so they devised a plan to throw straight shots to the body.

Crawford outclassed Julius Indongo, who brought the IBF and WBA belts with him, and scored a vicious knockout at the 1:38 mark of the third round to become boxing's first undisputed champion since Jermain Taylor in 2005.

Prior to the fight there were some concerns that Crawford struggled to make the weight. " ... I'm the only one who can be labeled as a champion at 140 and that's a big deal to me".

Indongo needed just one punch and 40 seconds to knock off Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky (26-1, 23 KOs), then the IBF 140-pound champion, on December 3 in Moscow.

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Fights against fellow Americans Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr would be very appealing and a true test as to how far this great Omaha fighter can go in the sport. What makes him so exciting and hard is his ability to adapt and punch with power from both hands, he has the heart and the grit combined with the ring smarts to outbox an opponent who tries to get aggressive. Four vacant world titles would mean opportunities for young, up and coming boxers as well as the established names in the division to fight it out for the honours.

Garcia moved up to super-lightweight earlier this year, putting on a clinic against a helpless and ragged Adrien Broner, however it's unclear whether the 29-year-old has any desire to stay at this weight when there are plenty of options for him back down at lightweight.

"The Body Snatcher" notched up his fifth straight win in Lincoln, Nebraska and although Tann was clearly over matched, Whyte's clinical and heavy-handed display was a clear indicator as to the levels both fighters should be operating at.

Crawford was the favourite going into the fight and proved his superior class after stopping his rival in the third round.

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