by Tamas Pradarics
As BoxingScene.com has informed fans, Namibian former super lightweight unified champion Julius Indongo signed a new promotional contract with the Brooklyn-based promoter, Lou DiBella, and he is planning to train for his ring return in Omaha, Nebraska. The boxer also inked a managerial pact with Michael Carter.
”I’m very happy for the opportunity to fight for DiBella Entertainment. I will make sure that I work hard in order to open doors for my fellow Namibians. It’s an unexpected dream that turned into reality. DiBella Entertainment, I’m thrilled to continue my career and achieve my goals with your promotional push,” Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) said in a statement.
According to Indongo’s Namibian promoter and manager, Nestor Tobias, however, the fighter never said anything about his plan to work with a new team in America. Julius simply left the gym in early November and never spoke to Tobias again.
Weeks later, the promoter received a phone call from Indongo’s boss at Namibia Police Force, where Indongo has a job as a police officer. That is how Tobias got informed about his boxer’s intentions.
”This came to my attention in December when Indongo's boss, who I enjoy a very good relationship with, called me to inform me that he received a letter from a certain Mr. Carter who claims that he represents Indongo and requesting for leave of absence on behalf of Indongo to enable him to set up camp in the USA,” told Tobias to BoxingScene.com.
Nestor, who helped Indongo win two world titles at 140-pounds in 2016 and 2017, says Julius is under contract with his promotion, MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy until 2020.
Tobias sent a letter to Michael Carter in December last year to inform him that Indongo still belongs to his stable of fighters. He is yet to get an answer from Carter, who, instead, went on to make his new client sign with DiBella.
”Well, we have made it very clear in December to both Indongo and Carter that Indongo is legally contracted to us. They had claimed that we don't have a relationship with Indongo, which is ridiculous. We promoted every fight of Indongo to date and they or their lawyers have not responded to our letter through our lawyer ever since,” said Tobias.
If the parties can not sort things out, the Namibian promoter will consider suing Indongo and his new handlers for breach of contract.
”His supposed new trainer and manager now know that we have an exclusive agreement with Indongo, and we will be fair and write another letter to DiBella Entertainment to inform them of the same, even though we know they are aware. If they all continue to ignore us, we will, unfortunately, take legal action.”
Indongo last fought in August when he got stopped in the third round in a historic undisputed super lightweight world title unification by top P4P fighter Terence Crawford.
Hopefully, things will get sorted out real soon.