End of the road for Namibian boxer Julius Indongo?

PXEQfSR5_200x200Namibian boxer Julius Indongo moved to the United States with high hopes, but it’s gone wrong. So wrong, in fact, that his manager is strongly hinting that the 140-pound former champion might retire.

Indongo (22-2, 11 knockouts) was briefly hospitalized after being stopped in the second round by Regis Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) for the interim WBC title on March 9 in Deadwood, South Dakota. Last August, Indongo was pummeled in three rounds by another American, Terence Crawford.

At age 35 and coming off two bad losses, Indongo’s American dream is fading. It’s too bad, because he has an inspiring back story. He represented his country in the 2008 Summer Olympics before turning professional.

Indongo, a 5-foot-10 southpaw, had height and reach advantages but still couldn’t keep Prograis off balance. Indongo seemed to be dazed after taking a punch to the back of the head; he was knocked down four times.

In a Facebook posting, his American manager hinted at retirement for Indongo. Michael Carter wrote: “So, if this indeed is the end of his career, our team is nothing but proud of our Namibian brother and warrior who has represented his country with the highest level of consideration.”

The manager said Indongo was released from the hospital “after undergoing multiple exams for head trauma.” He said the Namibian will recover, but added, “as you can imagine, he is emotionally down right now.”

Indongo’s star rose 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.

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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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