Indongo: "Scottish Fans Can't Help Burns"
Julius Indongo has told Ricky Burns that the hometown fans
won't help him when they clash in a World Super-Lightweight
unification showdown at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday
Indongo is looking to add Burns' WBA strap to the IBF and
IBO belts he won in spectacular fashion in December when he
travelled to Russia in his first fight outside of his
homeland of Namibia and delivered a devastating one-punch KO
win over champion Eduard Troyanovsky.
That was a third straight win inside the distance for the 34
year old who carries raw power and is a nightmare on paper
as a tall, rangy Southpaw.
Indongo feels that his win in Russia has been dismissed as a
fluke though, and he is coming to Scotland to prove that
he's the real deal.
"We're focused and ready," said Indongo. "I've polished the
tools and technique for the fight. He's picked us which is
fine with me. It's not easy to fight someone in their
backyard but you need to make sure that you are totally
prepared for the task.
"We don't have any doubts in this team. The aim is to keep
winning. I've heard what they've been saying. They said it
was a lucky punch that floored Troyanovsky. It's always easy
to talk. Bring Burns in front of me and we will see who is
Indongo says he's always known that he would need to travel
to secure major fights having boxed at home for the first 20
bouts in the paid ranks. The Glasgow crowd are sure to give
the visitor a hostile reception as he walks to the ring, but
he has a warning for both the fans and Burns - that nothing
will distract him from his task.
"Fighting away from home has never been a problem," said
Indongo. "I know that we cannot host such a huge event in
South Africa so I am always prepared to travel. There's only
Ricky and me in the ring, the fans will have no effect on
"The KO will be a bonus but we're training for hard rounds,
I am undefeated and have no doubts that I will stay that
"We are not that well recognized in the world of boxing but
I warn you - do not underestimate us, because that's what
happened in Moscow."
Indongo follows in the footsteps of fellow countryman Paulus
Moses who challenged Burns for his WBO Lightweight crown in
March 2012, and the 'Blue Machine' believes that Moses was
short-changed by the judges that night, as was Kiryl Relikh,
who was edged out on points by Burns in his first defence of
the WBA in October.
"I thought Paulus won the fight but maybe he didn't win
because it was in Scotland," said Indongo. "I don't think he
beat Relikh either, but you cannot look at that, he must not
take me lightly or make mistakes.
"The sky is the limit for me. I will fight anybody, but the
dream is to fight in Las Vegas, I want someone to make me a
bigger offer to fight there and defend all the titles,
including the WBA belt I will win."
Indongo's clash with Burns is part of a huge night of action
in Glasgow, and the undercard is led by a pair of British
title fights as Scotty Cardle looks to land the Lightweight
title outright when he faces Robbie Barrett and Charlie
Edwards and Iain Butcher clash for the vacant
Rio Olympian Josh Kelly makes his pro debut, his Team GB
teammate Lawrence Okolie boxes for the second time in the
pros, Charlie Flynn fights for his first pro title as he
faces Ryan Collins for the Celtic Lightweight title and Joe
Ham takes on Scott McCormack for the Scottish