Blue Machine to fight for a world title

31 Oct 2016 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibia’s undefeated Super Lightweight boxer Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo will challenge Russian International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) champion, Eduard Troyanovsky, in Russia on 03 December 2016.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Monday said the Blue Machine will clash with Troyanovsky, who is undefeated in 25 fights with 22 of those via knockouts, for the unified titles. The IBO and IBF champion last fought on 09 September against Japan’s Keita Obara, where he successfully defended the two titles via a Technical Knock Out decision (TKO).
The Namibian challenger also has an unblemished record of 20 wins out of 20 fights, with 10 of those wins coming via a knockout. Indongo is currently ranked fourth by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO), and this will be his first shot at a world title.
An excited Indongo was quoted in the statement as saying he has been fighting for eight years now.
“I have dedicated my life to boxing, waiting for this opportunity and it is finally here. I am facing one of the best fighters in the world in his own backyard, a two-time world champion,
“But I go to Russia carrying the spirit of Namibia, with an opportunity to make history not just for my own career, but also for all the fans, to become Namibia’s fourth world champion,” the soft-spoken but hard punching Indongo said.
Meanwhile Indongo’s trainer, Nestor Tobias, was quoted as saying “We are extremely proud of this opportunity.”
He said it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any deserving boxer.
“This is an opportunity that does not just come from nowhere, but one that you have to create over a number of years coupled with consistency and a good record.”
Tobias noted that the fight was supposed to take place two years ago, when Troyanovsky only held the title of IBO world champion.
He said the fight was then cancelled when he was offered a unification fight with the then IBF world champion. Troyanovsky won that fight and became a unified champion.
“Thankfully we are now able to make it happen. But this time even bigger with two world titles from two different sanctioning bodies at stake,” said Tobias.
Indongo and his team will leave for Russia on 28 November.