By John Tuerijama
NEWLY-crowned World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-lightweight world champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo has sustained an injury to his left wrist, which will keep him out of action until June, Confidente can reveal.
Boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias, said this week that the IBF, which had announced undefeated Russian boxer, Sergey Lipinets, as Indongo’s mandatory challenger, had been informed that the Blue Machine’s first title defence would have to be delayed.
Tobias, who heads the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy, said Indongo had injured his wrist during his sterling performance against Scotsman, Ricky Burns, on 15 April in Glasgow, where he unified the titles.
The 34-year-old Namibian was in a different league to Burns on the night, which has now sparked the prospect of a mouth-watering clash with American boxer Terence Crawford, who is the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion.
Tobias confirmed that he has been in talks with one of the world’s biggest boxing promotion companies, Top Rank, to secure a deal that will see Indongo square off with Crawford, in a fight that will unite five world title belts.
Tobias said this week that despite the IBF ordering Indongo to fight Lipinets, it was the Namibian’s boxing camp’s prerogative to choose who he will defend his three titles against.
“We will pick the opponent that we want to fight, and that is how it’s going to be,” said a defiant Tobias.
He said Indongo’s camp was aware of the IBF rules, regarding a mandatory opponent, but was quick to state that he will engage the boxing body at an appropriate time.
Tobias took a swipe at the IBF, saying his fighter has rightfully won three belts, and will therefore not be dictated to who his next opponent should be.
Indongo confirmed to Confidente that he had injured his left wrist against Burns, and needs to recuperate before he enters the ring again. He said that the IBF has been notified of the new developments, and a postponement has been requested.
Indongo said his next fight will most likely take place in June.
In the meantime, the Blue Machine will be in the gym to maintain his fitness levels, although he won’t be doing any punching, Tobias said.
The boxing promoter said that he had been involved in talks with Top Rank Vice-President, Carl Moretti, even before the Indongo-Burns fight.
“The talks with Moretti are definitely very much alive with exciting possibilities. The universe wants to see such a unification bout (between Indongo and Crawford), because it will be great, and historical for the boxing world, but in particular, for Africa,” he said.
The Blue Machine made history when he defeated Burns by a unanimous decision in their 12-round fight, with the judges scoring the bout 116-112, 118-110 and 120-108 in favour of the Namibian, who now boasts a record of 22 wins after 22 fights
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