The time has come and what has been interpreted to be one of the most historical and rare uniﬁcation clashes in the history of Namibia and African boxing is all set to rock and roll this Saturday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Nebraska. With the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF belts on the line and careers at their most deﬁning moments, all eyes from Africa and around the world are on the lanky south paw, Namibia’s boxing wonder-boy Julius “Blue-machine” Indongo.
In the meantime, no one has brought the self to underestimate Terence “Bud” Crawford, the undisputed Champion of Nebraska. Analysts and veteran sports journalists back home are in no doubt that Indongo will enter this hyped showdown in the right spirit and at the best of his ﬁtness levels.
“It’s going to be a tough ﬁght,” admits veteran writer and analyst Carlos Kambaekwa, and with an aura of hope he says, “The boy has all what it takes to get a good result.” And without wasting many words, Carlos is adamant, even if it means Indongo getting trapped on hostile foreign turf thousands of miles away from home, “He can knock him out!”
Carlos draws the lines from Indongo’s most recent exploits in Russia where he delivered an unbelievable glorious triumph by knock out in a 40 seconds stint with Eduard Troyanovsky.
“He has fought away from home and won convincingly, so it does not matter whatever territory you are in. He is a very conﬁdent guy who is always high,” he says. And he has demonstrated that he is an international sensation to reckon with in the neon lights of the arena of Glasgow where he ran over the highly acclaimed Ricky Burns after 12 rounds of brutal ﬁsts.
There he stunned the audience on live television sending Burns off the ring with a bloody face before ﬂying back to Namibia crowned WBA and IBF super-lightweight champion. Taller than his laid-back opponent and furious with punches, the analyst is convinced this will turn the tables to the favour of the Blue Machine.
“His arms are longer than Crawford’s, and he is someone who does not wait for the boxer to come hit him, he takes the ﬁght to his opponent, and that is one of his most signiﬁcant advantages,” he says. However, Carlos warns Crawford against underestimating the African with what he called “an imperial mentality”. He does not condone the fact that what makes the ﬁght historical is that it has brought into the ring, two undefeated Titans.
“Don’t forget that both boxers are undefeated. Excellent ﬁghters too they are,” he cautions. Speaking to The Villager, respected sports writer John Tuerijama otherwise known as Big John has said, “I think the boy is committed and he knows what is at stake. He understands that this is one of “The” historical title ﬁghts in the history of boxing.”
“I have spoken earlier with one of the former Secretary Generals of Namibian Boxing, and he told me that the boy has been through the ropes, he has been to the Olympic games. So the credentials are there,” he says. Big John says Indongo needs to remain focused, give the necessary punches and “I think he should be cautious in not opening up. Obviously, him being a South Paw means he needs to be very very neat in his approach.”
His wide punches which leave his head in the open have been put into question by critics, and if not careful, Crawford will stop at nothing to score home through such gaps. And if Indongo is to emerge victoriously?
“It means a lot,” breathes John, “He did an interview with Boxing Africa where he dedicated the ﬁght to his late father and Africa. It’s his historic achievement, but for Africa in general and Namibia in particular. He needs to do us proud, he is going to do us proud,” says Big John.
The beautiful aspect about the prospect of victory as Carlos casually lays out, “Is that he will have the privilege to choose who he wants to ﬁght.” Carlos is not deterred in his view that a loss on the part of Indongo will mean him having to bounce back again, but his age is not in pause mode.