10 Mar 2018 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) Professional boxer Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo was on Saturday morning handed his second career defeat when he faced American boxer Regis Prograis.
Indongo was knocked out in round two of the fight that took place in South Dakota in the United States of America Friday night at 22h00 American time (Saturday 06h00 Namibian time) for the vacant Interim World Boxing Council Super Lightweight title.
The Namibian was a unified light-welterweight world champion in three divisions - World Boxing Association; International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organisation - between 2016 and 2017.
The last time he lost a fight was in August last year, when he was stopped in the third round in a historic undisputed super lightweight world title unification bout by top pound for pound fighter, Terence Crawford.
Indongo started Saturday mornings fight well in the opening minute of the first round, but in the last 15 seconds of the round he lost concentration, which allowed Prograis to bring him down.
He managed to beat the referees countdown and was allowed to go on to round two.
In the second round, Prograis started fighting from the inside, which Indongo had no response for. He was brought down three times.
Referee Ian John-Lewis waved an end to the fight once Indongo hit the canvas for the third time in the second round. The official time of stoppage was two minutes 54 seconds (2:54) into the second round.
Speaking in an interview that was broadcast live on Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) television, Prograis said he realised that Indongo could not punch and he decided to take him out.
In the first round I felt his punches, he couldn't punch. He couldn't hurt me. I got a little reckless. But, you know, I got the job done, so I can't complain, he said.