With just five weeks to go before the much-anticipated Indongo-Burns showdown on 15 April in Scotland, Namibia’s ‘Blue Machine’, Julius Indongo, visited the Founding Father Sam Nujoma this week in search of blessings to face Ricky Burns.
“It is a great honour for me to meet the founding father. This is the second time that we come here and it is always a big encouragement for me to receive the blessings. We are facing a big fight in Scotland in a backyard that is not ours, so it won’t be easy,” said Indongo.
Indongo became a world-celebrated unified champion last year when he upset the Russian boxing fans by knocking down home favourite Eduard Troynosky in a memorable 40 seconds, just before they could warm their seats. He subsequently engraved his name on the IBF and IBO light welterweight world titles and waved the Namibian flag up high.
Ebullient and shouting ‘A luta continua’, Sam Nujoma congratulated the lad for a job well-done and for putting the name of the country on the world map.
“Congratulations. Thank you for putting the name of the country on the map. You have made the country proud and we are confident that you will take him down,” said Nujoma.
Upon the announcement of the fight that will see the two step into the ring to give their all, British media has dubbed Ricky as the favourite with reference to his impressive record.
The Scot became a three-weight world champion last year by defeating Michele Di Rocco and survived a scare to defend the belt against Kiryl Relikh last October.
On the other hand, Indongo bids to confirm his status as a road warrior after snatching the IBF title with a devastating knock-out of Troyanovsky.
As tradition with the MTC Nestor Sunshine stable, and ahead of one world big fight, the boxer thus needs the blessings and wisdom of the founding father to make more Namibian boxing history.
“We come to you for your blessings. We want you blessings to go and defend these titles and add another. I have trust in him and with the blessings of the founding father and the prayers of the entire nation, he will do us proud,’ said coach and promoter Nestor Tobias.
In a glimpse, Tobias also touched on the lack of funding in the country for sport at large and the commitment that sportsmen and women remain dedicated to making the country proud.
With good wishes from Nujoma, Indongo continues with his preparations that should see him fit and ready to face the celebrated Scot.
“This is an encouragement for all of us that whatever responsibility is put before us, we should go out and do our best. I wish you all the strength,” said Nujoma.