Friday 23 February 2018

Terence Crawford becomes undisputed world champion while Dillian Whyte knocks out Tann in first US fight

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford waits for the start of his unification fight against WBC champion Viktor Postol of Ukraine at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford won the fight by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford waits for the start of his unification fight against WBC champion Viktor Postol of Ukraine at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Crawford won the fight by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

American Terence Crawford became the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world on a night that also saw British heavyweight Dillian Whyte win his first fight on US soil.

Crawford, on home turf in Lincoln, Nebraska, knocked out Julius Indongo in the third-round to become only the second male boxer to unify the four major organisation titles since Bernard Hopkins beat Oscar De La Hoya at middleweight in 2004.

Crawford (32-0) had already knocked Indongo to the canvas once in the second round, but sealed victory in the third with a huge left hook to the body.

Crawford came into the fight with the WBC and WBO belts, while Namibian Indongo (22-1) held the WBA and IBF titles.

Earlier in the evening, Whyte stopped Malcolm Tann in three rounds.

Whyte (21-1) was fighting for the first time since his victory over Dereck Chisora in December.

He dominated the bout against Tann, using a right-left combination to drop the 38-year-old for a fourth and final time.

The 29-year-old Whyte is hoping the victory will now set him up for a fight against WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

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