… As countrymen back him for unification upset.
By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIAN boxing greats, Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses and Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda have thrown their weight firmly behind compatriot, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, ahead of his super-lightweight unification bout against Scotsman, Ricky Burns, on Saturday in Glasgow.
While bookmakers have given the Namibian boxer little chance of upsetting Burns in their World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) unification bout, former WBA lightweight champion, Moses, told Confidente this week that Indongo can definitely claim victory.
Moses, who unsuccessfully challenged Burns in 2012 for the WBO lightweight title, said that although it will not be a walk in the park for Indongo, he can triumph, if his complete focus is on the fight.
“Indongo needs to throw a lot of punches, and not just punches, but deadly punches, which must count in his favour. Eventually, Burns will make mistakes, which he can capitalise on,” advised Moses.
He said that although Burns, who is the WBA champion, will enjoy home support, Indongo must not feel intimidated and should concentrate on getting the job done.
He also believes that Indongo’s southpaw stance will give him the advantage against his more experienced opponent.
“He (Indongo) has been at international events, such as the Olympic Games and recently in Russia, where he came out victorious as the IBO/IBF world champion (against Eduard Troyanovsky in December last year). Now he has the chance once again to take the Namibian flag to greater heights, come Saturday,” Moses said.
IBO super bantamweight champion, Ambunda, said that Indongo and Burns are equally good, the Namibian has what it takes to be crowned as the unified champion on Saturday night.
He said that Indongo must believe in himself, if he wants to claim the titles.
“Indongo is also a champion, just like Burns, and mentally and physically I think he is ready to rumble in Glasgow, and cause the necessary upset. We can’t wait for Saturday to celebrate his victory,” said Ambunda.
Meanwhile, Burns told worldboxingnews.net that the unification bout against Indongo is a huge risk for his career.
The 33-year-old Burns, who has suffered five defeats in his 47-fight professional career, has won world title belts in three weight divisions.
He has previously held the WBO super-featherweight title from 2010 to 2011, and the WBO lightweight title from 2012 to 2014, while he carries the WBA super-lightweight crown into the ring on Saturday night at the sold-out SSE Hydro indoor arena.
Indongo, a long, rangy southpaw, is unbeaten in 21 fights, with 11 knockout wins to his name.
Burns, who has been preparing in Sheffield with brutal sparring sessions, told the boxing website, “People have been telling me that I’m taking a huge risk fighting Indongo. He is a big, strong fighter, and I had chances to take on other guys, but I wanted this.
“These are the kinds of fights that you want as a boxer. Throughout my career, I’ve never been someone to take an easy option. I think these are the kinds of fights that bring out the best in me, as a fighter. The harder the task, the bigger the occasion, the better I have performed. That’s what I want to happen against Indongo.
“I can’t wait for it now. For me, it’s a dream to be able to unify the belts; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I can’t wait to get into the ring. There was a chance for another couple of fights, but when the unification fight came up, I knew it was right.”
Burns could set himself up for a rematch with highly-talented American, Terence Crawford, if he defeats Indongo, who represented the Land of the Brave at the 2008 Olympic Games.
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