Gvozdyk & Stevenson
Added to Terence Crawford ESPN Card!
(July 12th ) Following the remarkable success of the Pacquiao vs Horn card on ESPN, Bob Arums Top Rank Promotions and ESPN will join forces August 19th to broadcast LIVE on cable TV the Terrance Crawford vs Julius Indongo World Super Lightweight Unification bout.
It has been announced that the semimain event will feature feature Oxnard, California, based unbeaten Ukrainian light heavyweight Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk taking on Baytown, Texas, once beaten Craig "El Gato Negro" Baker.
The 30-year-old, Gvozdyk, 13-0, 11Ko’s on a six bout KO streak comes off a third-round stoppage of talented Cuban, Yunieski Gonzalez in April 8th on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko / Jason Sosa WBO World Super Featherweight Championship.
At 30 years of age Baker, 17-1, 13Ko’s unbeaten in his first 16 bouts before suffering a 3rd round TKO loss to perennial challenger Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, May 23rd, 2015 enters off a June 12th, 2016 return to the ring 8th round knockout of previously unbeaten Steve Lovett.
Newark, New Jersey, 20-year-old, 2016 US Olympic Silver Medalist, Shakur Stevenson, 2-0, 1Ko scheduled for six rounds of featherweight action will be joining heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Bryant Jennings, super featherweight Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters and welterweight Mike “Mile High” Alvarado in ten rounds of action against opponents not yet named.
The ESPN LIVE television coverage also to air live on ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app, from the Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska beginning at 10pm ET.
Tickets to the Crawford vs. Indongo World Championship event promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, priced at $128, $78, $53, and $28, are on sale and can be purchased online via www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at the Pinnacle Bank Arena main ticket office, located in the south lobby, Monday -Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Crawford vs Indongo
Tix on Sale This Saturday July 15th!
(July 10th ) Undefeated 140 pound world champions
TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and JULIUS INDONGO, will collide in a world title unification battle, Saturday, August 19, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The rumble between Crawford, the two-division world champion and the holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), World Boxing Council (WBC) and The Ring magazine world titles and Indongo, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion, making his U.S. debut, will be televised live and exclusively at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN app.
Tickets to the Crawford vs. Indongo World Championship event promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, go on sale this Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT. Priced at $128, $78, $53, and $28, tickets can be purchased online via www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at the Pinnacle Bank Arena main ticket office, located in the south lobby, Monday -Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. CT.
"On any other day Lincoln is known for being the capital of Nebraska, but on August 19, it will be the capital of the boxing world," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. "Thanks to ESPN, all eyes will be on the Crawford-Indongo fight which will not only determine the king of the division but will serve as a coronation for boxing's best pound for pound fighter."
"Julius Indongo is a champion with a lot of confidence right now being that he went over to Russia and took the title from Eduard Troyanovsky and then went to Scotland and took Ricky Burns’ title," said Crawford. "Now he’s coming to the U.S. to challenge me. He’s a bigger threat now than at any other time because he has all the confidence in the world. A lot of people are going to see me fight on ESPN and I'm excited to perform for them."
“I’m ready for Terence to solidify his name into boxing history and for me to show the world what I can do as his head trainer,” said Brian McIntyre, Crawford's co-manager and trainer.
"Me and my team went to New York City - a trip of 20 hours from Namibia -
to watch Terence Crawford against Felix Diaz. I will tell you this - Crawford is a real champion. He had a big impressive win over Diaz. Crawford showed me real character in that fight.," said Indongo. "On August 19, Crawford's skill and power will bring out the best of me. I am ready and prepared to face him."
"I'm delighted to get this fight over the line and help create one champion in the 140 lb division," said Eddie Hearn, Indongo's promoter. "There were plenty of offers for Julius but this was always the fight he wanted ...the chance to become the undisputed champion. He has had back to back hugely impressive wins on the road and although he faces one of the P4P top fighters in world boxing, Julius is full of confidence ahead of this important fight for the sport"
Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., is a two-division world champion who has won six of his last eight bouts by stoppage. In his 2017 debut which took place on May 20 at Madison Square Garden, Crawford successfully defended his titles via a 10th-round stoppage of former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender Félix Díaz. It is premium cable’s most-watched fight for 2017.
Crawford unified the 140-pound titles in a battle between consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighters on July 23, 2016, successfully defending his WBO junior welterweight title for the third time by winning a unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol. That victory also garnered him The Ring title, designating him the lineal champion. He made his first defense of his unified titles on December 10, 2016, stopping No. 1 contender and one-time world title challenger John Molina Jr. in front of a record crowd at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter will be looking to keep building on his star-making 2014 which featured three world championship victories as well as Fighter of the Year honors from the Boxing Writers Association of America and major media alike. Crawford, 29, captured the vacant WBO junior welterweight crown on April 18, 2015, via a devastating sixth-round knockout of once-beaten No. 2 world-rated contender Thomas Dulorme. His title defenses include stopping No. 2 world-rated contender Dierry Jean in front of a packed house at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on October 24, 2015, knocking out Top-10 contender Hank Lundy in the fifth round on February 27, 2016, at a sold-out Theater at Madison Square Garden, and headlining his first pay-per-view on July 23, where he totally dominated Postol.
Crawford began his career-best year on March 1, 2014, just 13 days short of the sixth anniversary of his professional debut. He captured his first world title, the WBO lightweight title, dethroning defending champion Ricky Burns on Burns’ home turf of Glasgow, Scotland. Scoring a powerful and unanimous decision, Crawford put the boxing world on notice with his virtuoso performance as he pulled out all stops in dismantling Burns, rocking the defending champion throughout the fight, while switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw stances. He followed that with a dramatic and critically-acclaimed knockout victory of undefeated former world champion and Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa on June 28, 2014, in a Fight of the Year nominee.
It was one of the most-watched fights of the year with over 1.2 million viewers catching the live, first-time airing of the fight, according to Nielsen Media Research. He concluded 2014 on November 29 with a thorough shellacking of one-time world title challenger and No. 1 contender Ray Beltran, winning 11 of the 12 rounds. Crawford, who is friendly with Warren Buffet, is only the second Nebraska native to be recognized as a boxing world champion. Perry “Kid” Graves, from Rock Bluff, captured the welterweight crown, knocking out Johnny Alberts in Brooklyn, in 1914, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs), from Windhoek, Nambia, has become a unified world champion in true road warrior fashion. He captured the IBF junior welterweight title on December 3, 2016, knocking out defending champion Eduard Troyanovsky.
In his next fight, on April 15, he unified the titles by shellacking defending WBA world champion Ricky Burns via a dominant unanimous decision. Both victories took place in Russia and Scotland, the home countries of Troyanovsky and Burns, respectively.
The Top Rank Boxing promoted Terrance Crawford vs Julius Indongo WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO and IBO World Super Lightweight Unification title fight premiers Saturday, Aug 19th, 2017 | 10:00pm EDT LIVE on ESPN from Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska.