“I knew I was going to beat Ricky all along. He is a boy and I’m better than him. I started boxing with love and it is something I live with by the day.”
These were the words of newly-crowned WBA, IBF and IBO super-lightweight champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo this week as he reflected on his win in Scotland last week when he beat all odds to roast Ricky Burns on a unanimous points decision on Saturday night in a lightweight unification bout.
Indongo fought bravely in the Scot’s backyard and was not fazed by the 13 000 Scots who cheered for the much-coveted Burns. Asked how he handled the pressure, Indongo said he has been in the ring for long and therefore knows what is expected of him. “I don’t fight the fans. I fight the boxer in front of me. The psychology of fans does not play on me. I come from a country where it is almost impossible to host competitions of this magnitude and our population will not allow me to have fans that are 13 000. So why should it even bother me?”
Indongo only had eight people in his corner and a few students who are currently studying in Scotland who decided to show their support.American boxer Terence Crowford is widely speculated to be Indongo’s next opponent. “I am not afraid of any challenge,” he said confidently.“I really don’t fear other men who have two legs and arms just like me. I’m not afraid of Crowford. He is shorter than me but I acknowledge the fact that he understands boxing. He has beaten a couple of boxers, just like me. He is undefeated, again, just like me. I only focus on what is put in front of me without any fear. When I train, it’s preparation for war,” said Indongo who brimmed with confidence.“It has always been my dream to make history. Growing up as an amateur from Iipumbu Secondary School and representing Namibia at the Olympics was always my dream, my next target is to fight in Las Vegas. I want to make history. I want to fight in America regardless of the opponent. People in Namibia must wake up in the morning to the sound of the Namibian national anthem. In fact, I have never seen an African in Nevada so I would like to be the first,” he said.For now, Indongo, who is currently a Warrant Officer with the Namibian Police Force, said he will be celebrating his win for now and also wants to allow the country to boast having the belt on home soil.
“For now I will just be home relaxing my muscles. I will be going to the Namibia Annual Music Awards next weekend and then head to the north to visit my family and fans,” said Indongo who will be joining his colleagues at the office on Monday.Asked how he will handle the fame that came with his victory, Indongo had this to say; “I am a people’s person, fame will not change me at all. I will continue to remain humble and just be me.”At the moment, there are no confirmed opponents besides talks from different stables that are interested in engaging Indongo. His trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias said there are many offers on the table, but for now according to Tobias, the focus is on celebrating the victory.“My responsibility is to make sure that the career of Julius is in good hands, he gets good fights, trains harder and supports his family. It is my responsibility to help you and others to grow,” said Tobias when he briefed the press this week.
The next fight
Boxing Scene, an international online boxing portal, reported on Tuesday that the International Boxing Federation has made it clear that Indongo is under order to make a mandatory defense against Russian contender Sergey Lipinets.The biggest monetary fight for Indongo would be a unification with WBO, WBC champion Terence Crawford – should he defeat Olympic gold medal winner Felix Diaz on May 20th in New York City. Indongo holds a record of 22 victories, no defeats and 11 knockouts, and Lipinets is also undefeated with 12 wins, and 10 by knockout. Burns’ promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, has an option on Indongo’s next fight and wanted to match him against a Matchroom promoted fighter like Ohara Davies or even Anthony Crolla, states the report.“But the IBF does not allow step aside deals and a unification with Crawford or a voluntary defense will not be sanctioned – until Indongo satisfies the mandatory defense order. Indongo will have to face Lipinets or vacate his IBF world title. If he does vacate, then Lipinets will fight for the vacant IBF title against the highest ranked available contender who accepts the opportunity,” claims the report.“Indongo is obligated to hold his next fight against Lipinets. Both parties were notified to start negotiations, and then everything will depend on the promotional process, which make take 3 to 4.5 months. Also, we do not exclude the possibility of a purse bid. Indongo will not be able to hold a unification bout, he has a mandatory and was ordered to carry out a mandatory defense,” according to a statement from the IBF to Basil Konov.