By John Tuerijama
DETHRONED triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo has lashed out at Facebook critics, who took to social media to criticise his performance against American boxer Terence Crawford last Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Indongo went into the fight as the International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight champion, but was easily dispatched in the third round by Crawford, who put his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles on the line.
Describing the fight, during a media conference on Wednesday, Indongo said it did not go as planned, but that he was proud to be part of boxing history.
He criticised his detractors on Facebook, who he said had little or no respect for the achievements of the country’s sportsmen and women.
“We need to motivate each other, in raising the Namibian flag, and the defeat against Crawford didn’t demoralise me at all, as I have heart. One really has to find out his/her purpose in life, and I have found mine.”
Indongo and his camp had returned a day earlier from America, after suffering the disappointment of losing three world titles.
His promoter, Nestor Tobias, refused to disclose what Indongo’s share of the fight purse was, saying that he was bound by a contractual agreement between himself and Top Rank Chief Executive Officer, Robert Arum.
“I don’t want to be sued. How much is your salary,” Tobias retorted to a journalist, who posed the question.
The promoter has also come in for some stick from critics, who claim that he may have rushed Indongo into his fight against Crawford.
However, he chose to focus on the future, instead of responding to his critics.
Tobias said that Indongo would likely enjoy a holiday with family and friends, before deciding on his future plans.
“I will go back to my office and decide the best possible way forward for Indongo,” he said.
Tobias also revealed that Crawford is contemplating moving to another weight division, which means that the five titles could be up for grabs soon and that anyone could challenge for them, including Indongo.
“I will see if I can organise a fight locally or internationally, before Indongo vies for another world title. We should not celebrate Indongo’s loss, but instead his achievement of having won three world titles, and him having a unification bout, in a space of eight months,” Tobias said.
“It was a big achievement for Indongo, and history will just remain history, and the fact is that Indongo has successfully won his (previous) 22 professional fights. Crawford is a slick, intelligent and one of the best fighters.” He said despite Indongo’s loss, the former champion is still a good role model for the young people, and will remain humble and a strong boxer.
Veteran boxing administrator, Kelly Nghixulifwa, told Confidente on Tuesday that Indongo and his camp may have used the wrong tactics against Crawford.
Nghixulifwa, who is the former president of the Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NBWCB), said that Indongo had perhaps been too aggressive, in the way he had taken the fight to the American.
“All he needed to do was to study his opponent. He should have kept his distance and thrown some body punches,” he said.
“He is an agile boxer, when one looks at his previous fights against Scotsman, Ricky Burns, and Russian, Eduard Troyanovsky, and I didn’t see any reason for him to be knocked out in the third round. He was reckless in his approach, and didn’t study Crawford,” Nghixulifwa continued.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I didn’t expect a knockout. Although Indongo was knocked down in the second round, he got up and started attacking. However, he failed to study his opponent properly in the first two rounds.”
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