… As five world titles go up for grabs on 19 August
By John Tuerijama
MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo, has promised to ensure that the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) airs the mega-fight between Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and American Terrence Crawford live on 19 August.
Ekandjo was speaking at a media briefing this week, following confirmation that the International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight champion, Indongo, will be clashing with Crawford, who is the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) champion.
The fight will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
However, Ekandjo has promised that it will also be aired live in NBC.
He said that history will be written on the night.
Boxing promoter Nestor Tobias said the fight will bring the boxing world to standstill.
In 2001, Bernard Hopkins became the undisputed champion of the middleweight division, after he defeated Felix Trinidad, thereby successfully unifying the WBC, WBA and IBF the belts.
He later added the WBO belt to his collection, after defeating Oscar De La Hoya, to become the first man to ever hold four world title belts at the same time.
The big question now is whether it will be Crawford or Indongo who breaks that record. Tobias thanked sponsor MTC, Matchroom and Top Rank for having played a part in finalising the negotiations around the mega-fight. Indongo said that he feels blessed to be in the right place, at the time, with the best team and sponsor.
“After two massive world title wins, against two world champions away from home, I now find myself in the most important fight in boxing history, a full unification fight, with five world titles on the line.
“I am honoured to be part of it, and to represent my country, Namibia, and winning it against a world-class and undefeated fighter like Terence Crawford will be a bonus,” Indongo said.
Both fighters are undefeated, with Crawford boasting a record of 31 fights, with 22 knockouts and Indongo looking to extend his 22-bout winning streak, which includes 11 knockouts.
Ekandjo said that MTC is proud to be part of rewriting boxing history, alongside the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy.
“Mi l l i ons around the world, in every continent, will come to a standstill to watch this fight, involving a proud son of Namibia… So on our own behalf, and on behalf of every Namibian, we wish you well; go and do us proud, and firmly imprint your name in the history books of boxing,” Ekandjo added.
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