If you can't beat them, then join them.
Former Namibia Olympian Julius Indongo has relocated to the home city of his last opponent, former unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) is now a resident of Omaha, after recently signing a promotional contract with Lou DiBella.
Last summer in Lincoln, Nebraska, Indongo clashed with Crawford in a historic fight which staked the IBF, WBO, WBC, WBA junior welterweight world titles - and saw Crawford unify the entire division by knockout out Indongo with a huge body shot in the third round.
Indongo never imaged that he would relocate to the state a few months later.
“It’s something that came unexpected,” the WBA, IBF junior welterweight champion told the Omaha World Herald.
“But I believe when God has something for you, it’s always possible in life. I never even thought that one day I would come back here. But it’s good to be here, and I’m happy. And I feel more confident and happy for the new team that I have now.”
Indongo and his Namibian trainer, Imms Pewa Moses, are now working with local coach Larry E. Brown Sr.
Brown believes the 2008 Olympian can still become a force - especially since Crawford vacated his four titles and moved up to welterweight.
“Julius and Imms had already kind of planned this out — to move to America and have me start working with him,” Brown told the paper. “(Julius) was all for it. He and Imms had to sit down and talk about it, lay out exactly what they wanted and what they needed to do. He feels he’ll be better off fighting in America.
“With him already having been a world champion, he already knows the game. He’s very skilled already. I’m just going to try to add on to what I saw when he came down here to fight Terence. Our plan is to clean up 140 — and that’s what we intend to do — and then move up to 147.”
Brown recruited Omaha resident Michael Carter to be Indongo’s new manager, and he also backs the boxer to do big things at the weight.
“Terence Crawford is the No. 1 fighter in the world,” Carter said. “There ain’t no argument with that at all. He’s the No. 1 guy in the world. But he vacated the 140-pound titles. We feel like we can go get those.”
“We have a three-fight minimum guarantee with DiBella. We’re excited about that. And they’ve got a game plan for him to get him back to where we think he can go. We’ll see how it goes.”