After an embarrassing and recording his fastest defeat in his boxing careers, there are more question marks hanging on the future of ‘once-upon-a-time’ IBF, IBO and WBA 140-pound champion Julius Indongo..
Indongo recorded his second and humiliating defeat to his boxing resume when he was floored by a Regis Prograis who did not have to break any sweat in the second round.
The former champion who seemed to have no interest in fighting from the onset ditched his former stable Nestor Sunshine boxing Academy to join a United States based boxing stable, Dibella Entertainment in his quest for redemption.
This move was both praised and criticized by many with a few feeling the Namibian champ was to be used as a punching bag for American lads to decorate their resumes. On the other hand, others felt that the Namibian would be better off in the landscapes considered as the mecca of boxing.
The resent results were surely not in Indongo’s favour and nothing close to what the former champ would have expected. Prograis (21-0, 18 KO) dropped Indongo (22-2, 11 KO) at the end of the first round, and then three more times in the second round, with the veteran never able to fully get his legs back under him. The end of the fight came at 2:54 minutes of round two, right at the end of the round, but Indongo at that point wasn’t able to withstand a single punch and referee has to stop the fight at the mercy of the dismantled ‘Blue Machine’.
“The Indongo I saw in that fight was not the same person I know. He did not show any readiness from the onset and I think the boy maybe has personal problems,” said Salute Boxing Academy executive chairman Kriata Kamanya.
Kamanya said it is too early to bring down the curtain for Indongo who he feels needs another chance to prove himself. “
He needs another fight so we see whether he can be the person that we know. If he doesn’t perform then, then we can say the champ must come back home and hang up the gloves. Otherwise, he still needs a chance, said Kamanya.
Former Namibian boxing sensation Harry Simon shares the same sentiments saying Indongo remains a good boxer who suffered a defeat like any other boxer in the sport.
“In my opinion, Indongo simply over-trained and had a lot going on. You could see that the boy had the confidence but the body could not do anything. His legs were weak and he couldn’t even use the jab which as his powerful tool in that fight.”
“When I was in the state, I called him and I could hear that he was crying on the phone. I asked him why and he said he could not speak at the time. The following day, I send him an SMS and he replied saying Nestor [Tobias] was making his life difficult. He said his former trainer was threatening him with law suits. So I think that also affected his training,” said Simon.
The former champ who is yet to hang his gloves highlighted that Indongo needs a break for now.
“If Indongo was my boxer, I would give him a three-month break and later give him two fights with opponents that he can definitely defeat to get his confidence and then give him a big shot. He is still a good boxer unless there is something else that we don’t know.”
Indongo, who is becoming a habitual canvas subscriber fought for the first time since Crawford knocked him out in the third round of their title unification fight August 19. Crawford, who is considered one of the top three boxers, pound-for-pound, in the sport knocked down Indongo in the second round and finished him off with a vicious body shot during the third round.
“Indongo was just not ready and his team failed him big by throwing him in there unprepared. The guy [Indongo] was fighting like an amateur. There was simply no art of boxing there,” said Namibia’s first-ever professional boxer, the legendary Joseph Shikongo, better known as ‘Joe Archer.’
Archer, who remains a fanatic, believes the country is yet to get proper boxing trainers, which until then would cost boxers. “There are no boxers in the country, let alone experienced trainers. We need these people so we start the boxers from amateur level and go stage by stage. I have not seen Indongo train but all I know is his team failed him,” added Archer.
Indongo’s new promoter Michael Carter shared rather perplexing views on Indongo’s future when he took off to social media to clear the air after his camps loss
“Whether we ever see him in the ring again is really not important in the eyes of Team Indongo. What’s more important is that he recovers completely. If he chooses to walk away from boxing, we will support his decision to the fullest. If not, we will support him as well. Nothing that happened last night (Friday night) can take away from what he has already accomplished inside the boxing ring. So, if this indeed is the end of his career, our team is nothing but proud of our Namibian brother who has represented his country with the highest level of consideration. This contract will not be terminated; Indongo will make his own decision. I will support whatever decision he makes. His own discernment will dictate his circumstance,” said Carter.