By Sports Reporter
THE newly crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) World Champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo is the centre stage attraction as he is to defend his acclaimed titles in April.
A press release by the MTC Sunshine Boxing Academy on Wednesday described the fight as one of the biggest and most anticipated super fights in world boxing, it is now confirmed that negotiations between MTC Sunshine and Matchroom Promotions has been concluded successfully.
It said the newly crowned IBF and IBO world champion, Indongo will face WBA world champion, Ricky Burns, from Scotland.
Indongo who has been resting his muscles during the festive season said he has enough time to fully prepare for the title fight.
He told Confidente in a telephonic interview that he has taken the news of him defending his title like any other sportsman and that he would defend his title with sweat and blood.
“I feel normal I know he is an experienced fighter but he must expect war, I am a soldier by blood though I am professionally a policeman,” said Indongo.
“It will definitely be a ‘Do or Die’ title fight as the World Boxing Association (WBA) title is also on the line,” said the champion.
“I got no cold feet and I will go into the ring to wage war against Ricky Burns. I don’t really mind with the experience he has, it will simply be a war. I am here to keep the Namibian flag flying high and no one can stop me from doing just that,” reiterated Indongo.
It cannot get any bigger than this in the world of boxing, where three world title belts from different sanctioning bodies will be on the line, read the statement.
The biggest question remains, who will walk away as the IBF/WBA and IBO Jnr Welterweight champion on the night. The super fight will take place on the 15 April 2017 in the SSE Hydro in Glasgow Scotland, in a 10 000 seater venue expected to be crowded with Scottish and English fans.
Sky Sports will broadcast the fight across the world.
Local boxing promoter Tobias said: “We are excited to have successfully negotiated this super fight, it is a fight that the world is waiting to see and Indongo is up to the task. From all the offers we received, we made the right choice choosing Burns who is also a respected champion in his own right. Unifying the title was definitely the best decision because it increases the value of the bout across the world.”
Indongo stunned the world of boxing when he knocked down double world IBF and IBO champion, Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds. He is now not only a double world champion but also remains undefeated with 21 fights and 21 straight wins. He is a southpaw (left handed boxer), aged 33.
His opponent, Burns became a three weight world champion when he won the WBA world championship belt in 2016 against Michele Di Rocco and successfully defended his title in October 2016 against Kiryl Relikh. In 2012, he defeated Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses to retain the WBO Lightweight title. He is aged 33, and comes into this fight 47 fights, 41 wins, five losses and one draw.
“It is an absolute honour for me to fight another world champion. Ricky is an accomplished champion, I respect what he has achieved so far, but I am going to Scotland with the grace of God, and all the hard work I have put in so far to take his WBA belt from him. I know it won’t be easy, but I have a good team, with passionate Namibian fans and I intend to make them smile on 15 April,” said Indongo.
“When Julius Indongo knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky he was immediately an opponent I was interested in. Indongo, he can clearly punch and that’s an impressive way to win a world title, especially in Russia. It was some shot he hit Troyanovsky with,” said Burns.
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