Dominating godfather of Namibian boxing, Nestor Tobias has not been moved by USA based boxer Julius Indongo’s fall from grace after a crippling defeat at the hands of Regis Prograis this past weekend.
Tobias said he is currently focusing his energy on the upcoming independence boxing bonanza.
Indongo who is a prodigal son of the Sunshine Academy now finds his career in a catch-22 situation and his American handler, Michael Carter, has since opened both doors for him, either to call it quits or hang on.
“What I can only say is that people must come to Ramatex on the 20th of March and support Walter Kautondokwa, Mike Shonena and the other guys who have taken the stand to develop and become world champions. That’s all I can say when I talk about boxing right now,” he said.
Indongo, who is former IBF and WBA 140-pound world champion (139.5 pounds: 22-1, 12KOs) jumped into the ring to face the younger but tough Prograis (140pounts: 20, 0, 17KOs) and failed to make it to round three after three punches sent him floundering to the floor.
His punches initially came out long and tough riding on dangerous speed and given his towering figure over the shorter Prograis, it promised to be quite a chilling fight.
Prograis contained Indongo and concentrated on body shots in the first round before which he broke into his heart and inflicting damage to his head.
Indongo had trouble with his footing and a dangerous shot from Prograis saw him staggering to the floor once and twice by end of the first round to crowd cheers.
His handler advised against exchanging blows with Prograis in the second round, an advice he ignored to his peril in the second round.
Referee Ian John-Lewis had to wave off the fight at 2:54 minutes of the second round with Prograis walking off with a WBC's interim super lightweight.
“140-pounds. Nobody f*** with me, I am the best at this sh***,” shouted a triumphant Prograis.
Prograis is now the WBA 140-pound champion.
Meanwhile, Tobias ruffled feathers with Indongo recently following a contractual dispute that saw the boxer bidding him good bye to try his luck at the heart of world boxing entertainment in the US.
His decision drew a massive in-flow of criticism and praise with some critics heralding the move as worth it and a way to raise the country’s flag even higher.
However, rising boxing star, Jeremiah “Low Key” Nakathila who was among the first in the Sunshine boxing camp to make his feelings known about Indongo said, his defeat saves to prove that he jumped the Sunshine ship too early.
“He could have hung on for some time because looking at him now, I think even himself down in his heart somewhere somehow he is starting to regret that eish, I think it was not the right choice at the right time,” said Nakathila.
With a number of boxers that left the boxing stable having failed to make it, Nakathila reinforced that it also proves that it is cold outside the Sunshine Academy.
“Sunshine himself is a good manager, he is the best, he can actually carter for you in a good way. He might not give you a tough fight, but it can be recognised and take you somewhere,” said the boxer.