by Tamas Pradarics
The successful journey of once unknown Julius Indongo continues after the Namibian boxer earned another major win from his usual underdog role last night in Scotland.
For the IBF/IBO titlist Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs), who won his titles in December last year with a shocking 40-second knockout over previously unbeaten Eduard Troyanovsky in Russia, stakes were even higher in his second appearance on foreign soil as he faced fellow belt holder, WBA king Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
This time fans were able to witness more of the Namibian fighter as Indongo chose to keep his distance and controlled the bout over the gutsy veteran Burns. After twelve fast rounds there were no questions regarding who was going to be the fifth current unified champion in the game.
Indongo won by the scores of 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 respectively.
The new WBA/IBF/IBO champ barely enjoyed his new stance before he took the time to praise his opponent and his vivid fans for their efforts both inside and outside of the ring.
“I am humbled by this win, it’s a big win for me and my career and I would like to thank the fans that came out to support me. Fighting in front of such a hostile crowd is never easy, but I want to thank the Scots for being such a fair crowd, they accepted the loss graciously and that’s what you want to see in boxing,” said Indongo.
“I have a lot of respect for Ricky, he took on a big fight, and that sort of courage must be commended. I wish him a happy birthday and wish him well in his career. He lost against a very good boxer and he has nothing to be ashamed of”.
Nestor Tobias, manager of Indongo also praised the fighters for their courage to risk their positions in order to take another step for ultimate supremacy at 140 pounds. Tobias enjoys his first ever unified champion of his fast-rising stable of talented African fighters.
“This achievement is for Africa, and the people of Namibia. Our success is their success,” concluded Nestor.