The Blue Man: Julius Indongo
This Saturday night at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, in Lincoln, NE, the first Super Lightweight unification bout since 2004 will take place live on ESPN at 9pm CT.
If you are a promoter it’s an easy decision to have the A side fighter in Terence “Bud” Crawford 31-0 (22) take center stage and go for all the belts. Crawford will more than likely bring out the A list celebrities both locally and nationally as well. Several Husker athletes from the Basketball and Football teams have already planned on sitting ringside. This is opening week for Lincoln Public Schools and for the University of Nebraska students. During fight night, as usual, expect a large and pro-Crawford crowd.
The critics while just like the prime Roy Jones Jr and Floyd Mayweather will more than likely say “Crawford is good, but who has he fought”. That argument may be the case for casual fans as they may know little of the much taller, enormous reach, and confident undefeated former Olympian in Indongo. While true he has been under the spotlight with most his fights taking place in his home country of Namibia. Maybe just maybe, he was waiting for his time. That time came in late 2016 as Eduard Troyanovksky, the reigning IBF and IBO champion, made the wrong choice in mixing it up with the powerful Super Lightweight. Troyanovsky, was starched in the center of the ring with a beautiful sweeping haymaker from Indongo. The boxing world took notice but those same critics remained stern, “Could have been a lucky punch”. Meanwhile, Scotland’s two-time champion picked up the WBA belt and gambled by choosing the underrated Indongo for a unification bout. This time Burns chose to try and outbox the taller champion and again Indongo would prove to be the real deal by easily winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Burns. Burns would state after the fight “He was much better than I thought, his power is strong and his guard/defense with that reach will be a problem for anyone”.
What’s next? Indongo and his team are going for the ultimate prize a unification for “All the belts” against undefeated P4P Terence “Bud” Crawford 31-0 (22). Just like his previous championship quests he will travel to the champions back yard. We now have Crawford vs Indongo, this Saturday night, August 19th, 2017, live on ESPN 9pm CT, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. This will be the second ESPN televised series by Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
When asked about Indongo, Crawford stated “he’s big, well-conditioned, confident and best of all he’s hungry. But, the problem is so am I. This is my legacy and I must simply outwork him, train harder than him and be better than him.”
At the end of the day, the public may not know who or what Indongo is about, all that matter is that Terence himself does and that fight fans have lit a fire inside the champion.
We will more than likely know the name Julius “The Blue Man” Indongo after August 19th. He promises to bring “A warrior spirit with him and fight hard to become the best”. He watched ringside when Crawford dismantled Diaz in New York and guess what he still wanted the fight.
My belief is once the smoke clears, you are going to see a good fighter in Indongo……but you more than likely will see a GREAT fighter in Crawford on fight night. We know there are levels to this game and something tells me that the Omaha native will raise the bar once again. But to be sure, just like Terence said “We are going to find out how good he is or isn’t once that bell rings.”
So, true, champ and I simply can’t wait.
See you ringside,