Like a total eclipse, Terence Crawford's victory to become the undefeated, undisputed 140-pound boxing champion was quick and memorable.
It was so fast and so loud before 12,121 fans Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Crawford said he felt like it was over too quick.
"I feel great and I feel like I hardly even fought," said "Bud" Crawford, now the only undisputed boxing champion in the world.
Crawford landed a right hook and followed with a booming left to the body of Julius Indongo to score a knockout early in the third round and add delirium to the frenzied crowd that started cheering when TV screens showed the Omahan warming up while wearing a No. 140 Husker football jersey.
Crawford gave Lincoln its biggest title fight ever and drew the biggest boxing crowd in Lincoln history — 12,121 fans — and the tantalized the eyes of an international television audience.
He blanked Indongo at 38 seconds into the third round with a flurry of body punches that gave Crawford boxing history.
"I knew we'd have some openings because he swings wild and there'd be a place to get to his body," Crawford said. "We worked on that — going to the body and I wasn't surprised I could get in there and knock him down."
While on laying on the canvas, Indongo said he couldn't breathe.
"It hurts so bad," he said.
The 29-year-old Crawford grabbed all four titles at 140 pounds (junior welterweight) with the victory over Indongo. Both fighters had two championship belts and Crawford added the WBA and IBF titles that the native of Namibia won in surprising fashion in the last year.
"My goal from the start was to unify all the belts and now that I've done that I want to move up (to 147)," Crawford said. He added the WBA and IBF belts to his titles in the WBO and WBC he won during his nine previous title fights.
But he wants more.
Moving up could be bigger venues, bigger bouts and possibly his dream of fighting in Nebraska's Memorial Stadium.
"I dreamed of fighting in Omaha, my hometown, and I made it happen to fight in Lincoln in this place, where I wanted to fight, why not bigger," Crawford said.
"The crowd was great — so loud and so supportive. Anything is possible."
Crawford gave the packed house more to celebrate when he stepped into the ring and started pounding on previously unbeaten Indongo, who had stunned other title holders in Scotland and Russia to grab the belts.
Crawford became the first boxer to hold the "undisputed" title in the world in 12 years, improved to 32-0 with a 10-0 record in title fights.
Oleksandr Gvozdyk dominated and ended the NABF and NABO light heavyweight title fight in the final warm-up before the Crawford fight.
Gvozdyk (14-0) tapped Craig Baker's chin twice, sending him to the canvas, and the referee stepped into stop the bout in the sixth round.
In earlier bouts, Omahan Kevin Ventura scored a third-round knockout over Baltazar Ramirez to improve to 7-0 at 133 pounds; Omahan Steve Nelson, 9-0, scored a unanimous decision over Cesar Ruiz at 175 (light heavyweight) and 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over David Paz.