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NEW ERA | Wednesday, August 9 2017 Mother City youth tourney beckons for Otjomuise Boys Page 22 Enduro Championship at farm Otjihase this weekend Page 23 SPORT I have what it takes to beat Indongo – Crawford America’s Terence Crawford, who holds the WBC, WBO and Ring junior welterweight world titles, believes he’s one victory away from taking the throne as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport’s history when he meets Namibia’s triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo on August 19. Crawford will face undefeated Indongo in an historic contest on August 19 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The fight will place six world titles at stake in the bout, which ESPN will televise. Indongo holds the WBA, IBF, IBO junior welterweight world championship belts and has a record of 22 wins and 12 by knockout. “If I win this fight, I will be the first boxer to own six world championship titles and would have to be recognised as the best pound-for-pound,” said Crawford, who has a record of 31-0 with 22 wins by knockout. Crawford’s trainer and co-manager Brian McIntyre doesn’t expect this fight to be any more difficult than when Crawford comfortably out-boxed the previously unbeaten Viktor Postol. He sees it the way handicappers did when establishing the odds. “I’m looking at it like that because I see Terence every day. I see what he needs to improve on, I see what he needs to do and that’s how I’m looking at it. You know, Terence gets stronger going into the fight and as the fight progresses. Also, I think Indongo doesn’t have a lot of power. So, if the fight goes longer, it’s trouble for him (Indongo),” McIntyre said. McIntyre was, however, quick to recognise that the left-handed Namibian’s unusual style of boxing will definitely present a challenge for Crawford. “I’m gonna be honest with you, Indongo is awkward as hell. But after finding out his background, I understand why he’s awkward as hell – because he doesn’t have a long, extensive amateur record,” McIntyre further observed. –

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