Terence Crawford reaffirmed his elite status while Dillian Whyte found success stateside
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 21/08/17 11:20am
Terence Crawford produced a supreme performance to become the undisputed super-lightweight champion, while Dillian Whyte edged closer to a world title shot.
Crawford was majestic as he comfortably dealt with Julius Indongo on his way to a third-round stoppage victory in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Crawford rightfully stole the headlines, but there were also pleasing displays from London's Whyte and standout amateur star Shakur Stevenson.
Crawford one of the best
Terence Crawford proved that he is one of the best fighters on the planet after defeating Julius Indongo to become the first undisputed boxing champion for over ten years.
The way that Crawford eased to victory, quickly finding his range and timing to lay claim to all the super-lightweight world titles without even shipping any punishment was impressive to say the least.
The Omaha native, 29, was class and composure personified on what was the biggest night of his career and he must undoubtedly now be ranked alongside Andre Ward and Vasyl Lomachenko among others.
Having achieved all he can at 140lbs, the two-weight world champion will likely move up in weight to the welterweight division and many would back him to find further success.
What next for Bud?
After totally dominating the super-lightweight division, the newly crowned undisputed champion has several options as to what he will decide to do next.
It is unlikely that 'Bud' will decide to stay in the 140lbs division following victory, with a showdown clash against Mikey Garcia the only tempting reason to maybe stay put.
What is much more likely is that Crawford will again move up and look to win a world title in a third weight class.
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.
Whyte carries power
Despite Malcolm Tann not providing the stiffest of opposition in Lincoln, the way that Dillian Whyte destructively got rid of the American showed that the Londoner undoubtedly carries power in both fists.
There had been some question marks regarding the punch power of Whyte especially after two of his previous three fights went the scheduled distance, but he used his stateside debut to firmly remove any doubts on the matter.
Crunching left hooks to the body were the shots that ultimately left Tann, who was floored on four occasions, grimacing in pain and eventually unable to continue.
The fight was Whyte's first of 2017 and he now needs to face a big name opponent as he looks to firmly establish himself on the world scene.
Is Whyte ready for a world title shot?
Whyte is now hopeful that he can land himself a world title shot and has regularly spoke out about his intentions to challenge WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
'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.
The 29-year-old has demonstrated in his recent fights that he can box, he can go into the trenches and slug it out, and his footwork, shot selection and stamina seem to all be improving with each fight.
Whether he is ready for someone of the ilk of Wilder is up for debate and it may be more logical to face a top level contender like Bryant Jennings or Jarrell Miller first.
Shakur a star in the making
Although he failed to get a stoppage victory, Shakur Stevenson showed that he has all the attributes to become a major force in boxing.
The standout American amateur comfortably outpointed David Paz in Lincoln and the way he took his time and outboxed his Argentinian opponent was very impressive.
There is of course a long way to go in the career of Stevenson, still just 20-years-old, but all the signs are pointing in the right direction and he seems to fit the 'Golden Boy' blueprint that we have become accustomed to from across the water.
To follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and Roy Jones Jr is an almighty task, but Stevenson will no doubt believe that he is the latest amateur star about to make waves in the paid ranks.