02 Aug 2017 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Julius Indongo was on Tuesday promoted from Warrant Officer II to Inspector, hours before he left for the United States Of America to face Terence Crawford.
This is the first rank of a Commissioned Police Officer in the Namibian Police Force, where Indongo is employed.
In a ceremony held at the Namibian Police Force headquarters, Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said even though the boxer was not due for promotion, he saw it fit to fast-track the promotion because of what Indongo has done for Namibia.
Indongos last promotion was in 2015, from Warrant Officer I to Warrant Officer II.
Because of the very important mission that we are sending you to do, I have decided to exempt you from the normal promotion rules of the police force, he said.
Ndeitunga added that he had decided to promote Indongo before he leaves for his fight because win or lose, Indongo remains a Namibian hero because of his exploits in the ring.
The boxer thanked his senior, saying the promotion is a great encouragement for him as he flies to America.
I am very happy to be able to represent and put Namibia on the world map
I will not be intimidated by anybody on my quest to win the fight, Indongo said.
His manager and promoter, Nestor Tobias thanked the police management team for honouring Indongo, saying it will serve as encouragement for other sportsmen and women.
We are facing a big challenge, but thank you for the wise words to our champion, we will keep those words. I would like to urge all Namibians to pray for us as we embark on this journey, he concluded.
Indongo will face Crawford on 19 August in a unification fight for the super lightweight title.
The Namibian boxer has a record of 22 wins in 22 fights, with 11 knockouts, while Crawford has a record of 32 wins in 32 fights with 22 knockouts.