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Crawford

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My coach told me he’s going to shoot those wild shots and I’ll be able to catch him in the middle. 

LINCOLN, NE — It took less than three rounds for Terence Crawford to make history. Before his hometown fans, Crawford scored a body shot KO of Julius Indongo to become the first four-belt unified champion in 12 years.

Crawford took immediate advantage of fellow southpaw Indongo’s poor balance and wide punches. Indongo was stunned in the first round from a counter left and forced to backpedal. Another straight left, this time behind the ear, floored Indongo in the second. Indongo continued to look in peril by lunging and found himself in dire straits by a counter left uppercut and right hook to the solar plexus.

The shots put Indongo on his back and writhing in pain for the ten count.

Crawford has possibly competed in his final bout at junior welterweight and spoke about an immediate jump to the welterweight division. The win improves his record to 32-0. The last unified champion in boxing came in 2005 with Jermain Taylor’s first decision win over Bernard Hopkins.

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If you’re a Manny Pacquiao fan, the Jeff Horn “defeat” might have been for the better because a Crawford fight would have been ugly…VERY UGLY. 147 presents some great matchups and I see Crawford’s technical skills serving him well against bigger fighters.

So let’s hear it, folks. What did you think of the performance and who is Crawford’s biggest threat at 147?

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Showtime is providing a live stream of the prelims for tonight’s Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner card. Undefeated Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor (5-0) makes her U.S. debut against Jasmine Clarkson, and former heavyweight title challenger Gerald Washington takes on undefeated prospect Jarrell Miller.

The live stream opens at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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July closes with the much anticipated bout between Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia. The fighters meet this afternoon for the official weigh-in. Will Broner be able to make the 140 pound limit with no complications? How will Garcia look at the highest weigh of his career? All questions will be answered at 1 p.m. ET.

 

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live a stream of the final press conference between Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia. Be sure to check back in tomorrow for live coverage of the weigh-in. The fight airs Saturday night on Showtime.

 

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Having competed in five different weight classes over the span of 16 years, Robert Guerrero is now calling it a career.

The former four-division world titlist announced his retirement this afternoon, less than 48 hours removed from a third round TKO loss to Omar Figueroa.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career,” said Guerrero in a statement. “I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

Having competed as low as 122 pounds after turning pro in 2001, Guerrero won his first world title in 2006 by defeating Eric Aiken for the IBF featherweight strap. In 2009, he defeated Malcolm Klassen for the IBF super featherweight title. The Ghost would go on to pick up interim titles at lightweight and welterweight in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

“I competed at super-bantamweight and won world titles across multiple weight classes, closing my career at welterweight, fighting the big guys 25 pounds heavier,” Guerrero said. “A good friend always told me I was God’s warrior, born to fight. I enjoyed every minute of every war. I represented my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the bible verse Acts 2:38 on my trunks. If I reached one person and brought that person closer to Christ, then it was all worth it.”

Guerrero was a part of several notable bouts over the last five years. He was the opponent for Floyd Mayweather’s first Showtime pay-per-view, the first main event for Premier Boxing Champions when he faced Keith Thurman, and engaged in two brutal Fight of the Year candidates against Yoshihiro Kamegai and Andre Berto.

He finishes with a record of 33-6-1 (18 KOs).


This is welcome news. There’s been a lot of jokes lately over all the PBC main events Guerrero has received in the last few years, but you can never question his effort in the ring. To go from 122 to 147 is an achievement in itself, and long-time fans will recall he went from a technician at the lower weights to a rugged brawler above 135.

Problem is, there’s only so much punishment you can take from naturally bigger men. The wars with Berto and Kamegai didn’t help, but the noticeable decline began with the Thurman beating in 2015. Danny Garcia accelerated it last year and Figueroa finished it over the weekend. Officially, Guerrero is 1-4 over his last five and hasn’t clearly won a fight since 2014.

The bad reaction to every landed Figueroa uppercut made the end inevitable. And yet, Guerrero kept fighting until nothing was left.

Robert Guerrero is 34 years old. Young outside the ring, but battle-weary inside. Here’s hoping that he’s getting out in time enough to enjoy a retirement with minimal long-term health issues.

 

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The press tour between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor concludes this afternoon in London. Do both parties any theatrics left? The live stream (hopefully) begins at 2 p.m. ET.

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Ready for round 3? Conor McGregor stole the show in Toronto. Tonight, Floyd Mayweather will look to return the favor in Brooklyn as the two fighters face off for their final U.S. press conference. The live stream begins at 6:30 p.m. The fight airs on Showtime pay-per-view on August 26.