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Indongo: Not Worried About Facing Crawford in His 'Backyard'

By Keith Idec

Julius Indongo has every reason to feel confident about boxing Terence Crawford next month in Crawford’s home state of Nebraska.

The unbeaten Namibian southpaw is a decided underdog against Crawford, but he has convincingly won each of his past two world title fights in the respective homelands of his opponents.

Indongo needed just one punch and 40 seconds to knock out Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky (26-1, 23 KOs) in the first round to win the IBF and IBO 140-pound championships December 3 in Moscow. Four months later, Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) added the WBA title to his resume when he traveled to Glasgow and handled Scotland’s Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) with ease on his way to winning a unanimous decision in their partial unification fight April 15.


“I’m under no pressure at all,” Indongo told for a story posted Wednesday. “I’m going to Nebraska, USA, to wrestle those titles away from Crawford and it does not bother me that I’m going into his own backyard.

“As a team, we have a strategy and perfect game plan for Crawford, so I’m really not concerned with what my opponent has in store for me or the pressure of fighting in the States.”

Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs), the WBC/WBO super lightweight champion, will box Indongo on August 19 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln, Nebraska’s capital city, is about a one-hour drive from Crawford’s hometown of Omaha.

ESPN will televise their scheduled 12-round, full unification fight as part of the cable giant’s new partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., which promotes Crawford. The 34-year-old Indongo, whose first 20 fights took place in his native Namibia, will compete in the United States for the first time.

“Fighting at this level is not only about me,” Indongo said, “but it’s about my country and Africa at large. So I have to beat Crawford for Africa and my country. Not many African boxers get this opportunity, and that’s why I have to inspire my fellow African boxers.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 07-06-2017

They are both big 140 fighters, I think that both of them move to 147 after this fight.

Comment by killakali on 07-06-2017

[QUOTE=ceylon mooney;17834829]where u been? its endless. we dont ever stop complainin bout that.[/QUOTE]haymon only does in house for the most part. Just farms out his cannon fodder fighters to other promoters. Besides Jacobs. That was actually legitimate.

Comment by Mammoth on 07-06-2017

[QUOTE=Bud Crawford#1;17835710]Indongo is in over his head Bud takes a round or two to figure him out than blows him away. Then he deals with Garcia vs Broner winner does not matter who. Than conquers the welterweight division[/QUOTE] Leave the…

Comment by Bud Crawford#1 on 07-06-2017

Indongo is in over his head Bud takes a round or two to figure him out than blows him away. Then he deals with Garcia vs Broner winner does not matter who. Than conquers the welterweight division

Comment by sammybee on 07-06-2017

Indongo is a heavy puncher but I don't see Crawford losing this fight.

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