By John Tuerijama
SERGEY Lipinets’ camp has called on Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo to relinquish the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-lightweight title, if he does want not climb into the ring for a mandatory defence against the Russian boxer.
Indongo is the reigning IBF, World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) champion, after he defeated Scotsman, Ricky Burns, on 15 April in Glasgow, where he unified the titles.
The IBF has already indicated that Indongo should fight Lipinets next, as its mandatory challenger, while the Namibian boxer’s promoter, Nestor Tobias, has said that his camp has the prerogative to choose who he will defend his three titles against first.
“We will pick the opponent that we want to fight, and that is how it’s going to be,” a defiant Tobias told Confidente recently.
He said that 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.
In the latest develop around the saga, Lipinets’ boxing stable is now requesting that Indongo consider relinquishing the IBF title, if he does not defend it against the Russian, as soon as possible.
Asked for comment on the call by the Russian, Tobias said this week that their position remains the same, and that they are vying for a unification bout with American boxer Terence Crawford, who is the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion.
Tobias confirmed last week 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 likened Lipinets plea to a “barking toothless dog”, who is simply just talking. “We cannot talk about the same thing, like a man courting a woman,” said the local promoter cryptically.
The boxingscene.com website reported last week that despite Indongo claiming that he has a wrist injury, Lipinets wants to fight for the IBF belt, sooner rather than later.
“Our rights are solid,” said Alex Vaysfeld of Union Boxing Management, which handles the hard-hitting Kazak.
“Indongo has to fight Lipinets or vacate the belt. He can do unification and he can fight whoever he wants to fight. We understand the money, whatever he’s looking for. But if he wants to defend the IBF belt, in a pile with the other belts that he has, he has to fight Lipinets,” Vaysfeld said.
“That’s a solid position the IBF has, there is no unification where the IBF is in the pile.”
Vaysfeld insisted that there was no way that Indongo could fight Crawford first.
‘’There’s no way he can do anything with the IBF (belt), unless he fights Lipinets. That’s the bottom line.”
IBF Championship Chairman, Lindsey Tucker, said of Indongo:”They (the Indongo camp) claim he is injured, after we sent out the purse bid letter, so we postponed the purse bid, pending verification of the injury.
“Once we verify he’s injured, and then he’ll have a certain amount of time to resume with the purse bid, and go from there.”
Tucker confirmed to boxingscene.com that having a unification, which involves the IBF belt, is now out of the question, for the time being.
“It’s too late now, because once we sent the letter out, Lipinets called for an immediate purse bid. Once that happens you can’t come back and say, ‘By the way, I want to do a unification or I want an exception’,’’ he explained.
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