The unbeaten Nebraska native delighted his Cornhusker fans in a big way on Saturday night in Lincoln, defeating previously pristine slugger Julius Indongo by third-round knockout to capture the Namibian's IBF and WBA 140-pound title belts atop a Top Rank-promoted card from the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The fight continued what has been a recent boxing renaissance, with a number of brilliant young fighters and outstanding veterans who have combined to make 2017 one of its best years in recent memory.
Indongo recovered but not for long with a huge body shot putting him down for the count in the third round. Thank you Nebraska, thank you the U.S. - I did this for all of us, ' he said.
Crawford had no problem asserting his dominance over Indongo, tagging Indongo with a lot of quick jabs and avoiding trouble with swift and sharp movement.
He came up big in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,121 to make his case as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Before finishing him, Crawford floored Indongo after landing a left hand to the side of Indongo's head with less than a minute to go in the second round.More news: Le'Veon Bell's agent denies running back had deal with Steelers
You can view highlights of the fight below (via ESPN). Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez lost in March, but he also deserves to be part of the conversation.
The win put Gvozdyk potentially one step closer to world title contention, possibly a fight against unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, who served as the third man on ESPN's commentary for the card.
Before falling to Crawford near his hometown, Indongo burst upon the worldwide boxing scene by beating two world champions on their home turf in back-to-back bouts.
Indongo, however, was no match for the pound for pound rated Crawford, who extended his professional record to 32-0 (23) with yet another standout performance.
A super fight down the road at welterweight between Crawford and Spence is starting to bubble and could be a massive event with the proper build-up. "We felt we could catch him in the middle of his punches".