I DON’T know, but I’m confident that local boxing will end this year with yet another feather in the cap.
I say so as Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo prepares to take on a Russian opponent in a junior featherweight world title fight for the IBF and IBO belts.
The Blue Machine is the next big thing to come out of the Nestor Sunshine Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy and I bet my bottom dollar that the soft-spoken pugilist will return home from Russia with the belts as he would have defeated Eduard ‘The Eagle’ Troynovsky on Saturday (December 3), at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow. What a way it would be to close off the year.
Ahead of this bout, the boxer looked sharp and determined. He surely looks like someone whose time to rule the boxing world has come.
Blue Machine has class, talent, skill and all the necessary ingredients to become a world champion and join the elite class of boxers such as Harry Simon, Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses and Paulus Ambunda who have won world titles for the Land of the Brave.
I am personally not perturbed by the notion making the rounds that Namibian boxers perform poorly on foreign soil. If we believe that to be the case then we must ask ourselves where Harry Simon won his first title as a professional and where he successfully defended it a number of times. Statistics will tell you that Simon has competed more outside than he has done so at home. So, why can’t Indongo not be encouraged to go to Moscow to do the business and come back with the IBF belt?
I am pretty sure that there are some readers, and even boxing experts who will point to the disappointing fights by Wilberforce Shihepo and before him, Vikapita Meroro who were both knocked out on foreign land, and to add spice to it, they lost on knockouts. And then as recently as two weeks ago, Jeremiah Nakathila bit the bullet on points.
My fellow scribes and pundits have asked what the use is to take boxers out of Namibia if we all know that just as sure as the sun shall rise every morning, the Namibian boxers will come back home empty handed. Considering recent history, they have a point but I remain confident that in Indongo, we have a different boxer. We have a boxer who can go all the way and do greater things with his fists.
His outstanding record of 20 fights without defeat should count for something, as should his big heart and hunger to be one of very few Namibians to bring a belt home from foreign soil.
Indongo’s fight will be one of the last big sporting events this year. A win in Moscow will lighten up Namibian sport lovers who have not seen much success (or action) in the past 12 months.
A win will give fans something positive to talk about after having had a year riddled with one disappointment after another, starting with the biggest shame of all, which is that the highest football league in the country has not kicked off yet due to sponsorship issues.
And then there was the dismal performance at the Rio Olympics, and the subsequent finger pointing and blame shifting.
It is only the Paralympic team that changed our mood and put smiles on our faces with their exceptional performances at the Rio Paralympics.
Indongo has the chance to emulate the Paralympian team and bring the IBF belt home to Namibia. The IBF, which stands for International Boxing Federation, is a very big organisation. It ranks among the top four boxing organisations along with the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO).
Of course there are a dozen and a half others – new ones springing up every sneezing moment – but these four are the belts that every boxer aspires to have, irrespective of the weight category.
I have faith in Blue Machine and his trainer, Nestor Tobias, to bring tears of joy to the Namibian people before they all start their final preparations for the festive season.
I wish him well and I look forward to seeing throngs of Namibians welcoming him at Hosea Kutako International Airport, as world champion.
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