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Julius Munyelele Indongo (born 12 February 1983) is a Namibian professional boxer. He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA (Unified), IBF, and IBO titles between 2016 and 2017. As an amateur, Indongo represented Namibia at the 2008 Olympics, reaching the first round of the lightweight bracket.

Julius Indongo
Statistics
Real nameJulius Munyelele Indongo
Nickname(s)Blue Machine
Weight(s)
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Reach181 cm (71 in)
NationalityNamibian
Born (1983-02-12) 12 February 1983 (age 36)
Windhoek, Namibia
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights25
Wins23
Wins by KO12
Losses2

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Amateur careerEdit

Indongo first took up boxing at the age of 17. In 2002, he won the amateur Namibian National Championships and he appeared poised for success. However, Indongo was struck by tuberculosis, which interrupted his career for 2 years. After recovering, Indongo qualified to represent his country in the 2008 Olympics. Right before his first fight, Indongo broke his right hand. He decided to fight regardless but was easily outpointed by Anthony Little.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Indongo debuted professionally at the age of 25, on 25 July 2009, with a points decision (PTS) win over Pohamba Mandume. After winning his first six fights, he won his first regional title, the Namibian lightweight title, by defeating Samuel Kapapu, and retained it against Peter Malakia.

After improving to 14 consecutive wins, he won the WBO Africa light-welterweight title in October 2012 via victory over James Onyango. Indongo went on to make six successful defenses of that title between 2014 and 2016. Indongo was a late bloomer on the world stage, with his first world title fight taking place when he was 33. His trainer, Nestor Tobias, stated that he often needed to be more aggressive and "deliver the killer punch".[2]

Unified light-welterweight championEdit

In October 2016, undefeated IBF and IBO light-welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KOs) stated he would make a voluntary defence on the Lebedev-Gassiev card in Russia on 3 December.[3] On 7 November, Indongo, who was ranked WBO #3, WBA #15 and IBF #10, was announced as his opponent, for the fight to take place in Moscow, in his first bout held outside of Namibia.[4] Despite being a favoured underdog, Indongo knocked out Troyanovsky after only forty seconds of the first round with a left hook, becoming Namibia's fourth world boxing champion. Troyanovsky was badly hurt from the shot and did not get up. Referee Mark Calo-Oy immediately halted the fight with Troyanovsky still down on the canvas. After some assistance, they eventually got Troyanovsky back to his feet and took him out of the ring.[5][6]

In late December, there were talks for a potential unification fight between Indongo and WBA champion Ricky Burns.[7][8] On 9 January, Burns' manager Tommy Morrison confirmed a deal was being put together for Burns to fight Indongo in a unification fight in April at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.[9][10] On 11 January, Sky Sports confirmed a deal was reached for Burns and Indongo in a unification title bout on 15 April 2017. The WBA, IBF and IBO titles would be at stake.[11][12] This was Scotland's first ever unification fight.[13][14] Burns failed to become Scotland's first unified world champion when he lost a via a one-sided unanimous decision with wide scores of 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112. In the last two rounds, Burns hit the canvas three times, but these were ruled as a slip. Following the defeat, Burns praised Indongo, "He was so so awkward. He was a lot better than we thought he was going to be. He can hit as well." He also said that he wouldn't retire.[15][16]

Indongo vs. CrawfordEdit

On 1 July 2017, Top Rank announced that a light welterweight unification fight between Indongo and WBC, WBO, Ring magazine, and lineal champion Terence Crawford was agreed to take place on 19 August at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska live on ESPN in US and Sky Sports in the UK.[17][18][19] The projected unification of every major world title in boxing (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, The Ring, and lineal) will determine the light welterweight division's first undisputed champion since Kostya Tszyu in 2004, and the first time all the aforementioned titles have been at stake in a single fight since Bernard Hopkins vs. Jermain Taylor in 2005. Both fighters paid over $100,000 US dollars in sanctioning fees.[20] Indongo vacated the IBO belt to avoid paying even more in sanctioning fees.[21] Crawford entered the fight as a heavy favourite to win.[22]

On fight night, Crawford blasted Indongo, knocking him down in the second round before finishing him with a vicious body shot in just three rounds.[23] The fight took place in front of a raucous home crowd for Crawford. Crawford landed 27 total punches to Indongo's 13 and 17 power punches to Indongo's 10. Following the fight, Indongo stated "When he hit me like that, my mind was gone" about Crawford's body shot.[24] According to CompuBox stats, Crawford landed 26 of his 75 punches thrown (35%), while Indongo landed 13 of 74 thrown (18%). Both boxers earned an undisclosed 7-figure purse.[25] Following the fight, Indongo stated "When he hit me like that, my mind was gone" about Crawford's body shot.[26] Crawford stated that he had yet to make a decision on the next step in his career but there was speculation about him moving up to the welterweight division[27] or defending his light welterweight titles against Mikey Garcia.[28] The card averaged 965,000 viewers on ESPN.[29]

Career from 2018Edit

On 5 January 2018, Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment announced that he had signed Indongo on a long-term promotional contract.[30] A few hours later, Nestor Tobias, Indongo's manager and promoter from Namibia claimed that Indongo and DiBella had breached contract. Tobias stated that Indongo was under contract with his MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy until 2020.[31]

The WBC super lightweight title became vacant after Terence Crawford decided to move up to welterweight. It was announced that number 1 ranked Amir Imam would fight number 3 ranked Jose Ramirez for the vacant title. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman then announced that Viktor Postol, who was ranked number 4, would fight number 2 ranked Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs) for the interim WBC title. The winner of both fights would then meet to become the full titleholder.[32] In January 2018, a deal was finally reached for the fight between Postol and Prograis to take place on 9 March at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Florida.[33] On 12 February, ESPN reported that Postol suffered a fractured thumb and forced to drop out of the bout. Indongo was announced as his replacement, with the bout still taking place on 9 March, however the venue was changed to Deadwood Mountain Grand, a casino and resort in Deadwood, South Dakota, with Showtime televising the bout live.[34] Prograis knocked Indongo down four times in the fight, dropping him once in round 1 and three more times in round 2 before referee Ian John Lewis stopped the fight at 2:54 of round 2. Indongo started the fight well before being hit with a hard jab that dropped him. Indongo was hurt with this shot. Indongo fought close to Prograis, which seemed to benefit Prograis. After the fight, Prograis told Showtime's Steve Farhood, “After the first round, I felt his punches. He couldn't punch. He couldn’t hurt me. I got a little reckless. But, I got the job done, so I can’t complain.” Prograis landed 46 of 94 punches thrown (49%) and Indongo connected on 32 of his 120 thrown (27%).[35]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
25 fights 23 wins 2 losses
By knockout 12 2
By decision 11 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 Win 23–2   Carltavius Jones Johnson TKO 2 (10) 3 Aug 2019   Bobby Miller Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
24 Loss 22–2   Regis Prograis KO 2 (12), 2:54 9 Mar 2018   Mountain Grand, Deadwood, South Dakota, US For vacant WBC interim light-welterweight title
23 Loss 22–1   Terence Crawford KO 3 (12), 1:38 19 Aug 2017   Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, US Lost WBA (Unified) and IBF light-welterweight titles;
For WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal light-welterweight titles
22 Win 22–0   Ricky Burns UD 12 15 Apr 2017   The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland Retained IBF and IBO light-welterweight titles;
Won WBA (Unified) light-welterweight title
21 Win 21–0   Eduard Troyanovsky KO 1 (12), 0:40 3 Dec 2016   Megasport Arena, Moscow, Russia Won IBF and IBO light-welterweight titles
20 Win 20–0   Fabian Lyimo TKO 1 (12) 6 Aug 2016   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Retained WBO Africa light-welterweight title
19 Win 19–0   Allan Kamote TKO 9 (12) 26 Mar 2016   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Retained WBO Africa light-welterweight title
18 Win 18–0   Zolani Marali UD 12 3 Oct 2015   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Retained WBO Africa light-welterweight title
17 Win 17–0   Ibrahim Class UD 12 20 Mar 2015   Ramatex Factory, Windhoek, Namibia Retained WBO Africa light-welterweight title
16 Win 16–0   Kaizer Mabuza UD 12 6 Dec 2014   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Retained WBO Africa light-welterweight title
15 Win 15–0   Ishmael Takudzwa Kuchocha TKO 3 (12), 0:45 26 Jul 2014   Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Retained WBO Africa light-welterweight title
14 Win 14–0   Joel Mwewa KO 1 (12), 2:17 1 Mar 2014   Olufuko Centre, Outapi, Namibia
13 Win 13–0   Nelson Banda PTS 10 11 May 2013   Kuisebmond Community Hall, Walvis Bay, Namibia
12 Win 12–0   Abias Silipumbwe KO 1 (6), 1:25 20 Mar 2013   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia
11 Win 11–0   James Onyango TKO 2 (12), 0:29 12 Oct 2012   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Won vacant WBO Africa light-welterweight title
10 Win 10–0   Meshack Kondwani TKO 4 (8), 2:02 20 Mar 2012   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia
9 Win 9–0   Silas Mandeya UD 6 5 Nov 2011   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia
8 Win 8–0   Peter Malakia TKO 10 (10) 11 Jun 2011   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Retained Namibian lightweight title
7 Win 7–0   Samuel Kapapu UD 10 19 Mar 2011   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Won vacant Namibian lightweight title
6 Win 6–0   Lawrence Moyo TKO 1 (4) 7 Aug 2010   Kuisebmond Community Hall, Walvis Bay, Namibia
5 Win 5–0   Samuel Kapapu UD 4 29 May 2010   Kalahari Sands Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia
4 Win 4–0   Festus Nghidinwa MD 4 20 Mar 2010   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia
3 Win 3–0   Daniel Hosea TKO 2 (4), 1:56 31 Oct 2009   Kuisebmond Community Hall, Walvis Bay, Namibia
2 Win 2–0   Pohamba Mandume UD 4 12 Sep 2009   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia
1 Win 1–0   Pohamba Mandume PTS 4 25 Jul 2009   Country Club Resort, Windhoek, Namibia Professional debut

ReferencesEdit

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Martin Haikali
Namibian lightweight champion
19 March 2011 – January 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Samuel Kapapu
Vacant
Title last held by
Ebenezer Lantei Lamptey
WBO Africa
light-welterweight champion

12 October 2012 – 3 December 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Eduard Troyanovsky
IBO light-welterweight champion
3 December 2016 – 7 August 2017
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Mohamed Mimoune
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Eduard Troyanovsky
IBF light-welterweight champion
3 December 2016 – 19 August 2017
Succeeded by
Terence Crawford
Preceded by
Ricky Burns
as champion
WBA light-welterweight champion
Unified title

15 April 2017 – 19 August 2017
Succeeded by
Terence Crawford
as Super champion