Namibian boxer moves to Omaha, gets title shot

PXEQfSR5_200x200Julius Indongo is 0-1 in America and undefeated everywhere else. The 140-pound fighter is hoping to notch his first victory on U.S. soil March 9 when he meets Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 knockouts) for the interim WBC title.

Like most African athletes, Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) had to do more with less. This Los Angeles Times story described how Indongo didn’t wear boxing gloves until his first fight at age 17. There was no equipment in his village, so he just shadowboxed and jogged.

Indongo, 35, turned pro in 2009 and went 20-0 in Namibia, picking up the WBO Africa Super Lightweight title in the process. He proved he’s no fluke when he knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky in Moscow in December 2016, which earned him the IBF belt. A few months later, he beat Ricky Burns in Glasgow, Scotland, to add the WBA title.

Then, it was on to America. Indongo took on Terence Crawford in the American’s hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, last August. Crawford stopped Indongo in the third round.

Indongo then split from his Namibian trainer, Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias, allegedly over purse money owed to the boxer from the Burns fight, and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to train for U.S. opportunities.

His opportunity arose when Viktor Postol backed out of the Prograis fight because of a hand injury. Indongo, a 5-foot-10 southpaw, had been training for a possible March bout anyway, so he stepped in for Postol.

The bout will be held in Deadwood, South Dakota.

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