Blue Machine takes on Yeleussinov

By Michael Uugwanga

BOXER Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo will return inside the ring this weekend against the unbeaten Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental Welterweight title at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood on November 27.

Indongo, a triple world champion, having held the IBF, International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super world title has said that he still has two to three years to fight for bigger things before retirement.

Indongo has a record of 25 fights, 23 wins and two losses, while his opponent Yeleussinov has a record of nine fights, winning all the fights since making his pro debut in 2018.

“The training camp has been going strong through the pandemic. I am ready and I am here (USA) to put my beloved motherland (Namibia) in the history of boxing in order to pave the way for the future generations of boxers. I have achieved a lot and I have also made history and for me now is just to keep on rolling before my retirement in two to three years. I am therefore in a right frame of mind and also physically and mentally fit ahead of the fight,” said the 37-year-old.

Indongo’s trainer Imms Moses has said that he is expecting fireworks from the fight. Yeleussinov (29) who won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil is regarded as one of the best boxers in the world.

“Indongo is in great shape and ready to put up a great performance and bring the belt home. Indongo is the only African fighter to fight for undisputed championship when he faced number one pound-to-pound world champion Terence Bud Crawford in 2017. We therefore want all Namibians to rally behind Indongo,” said Moses.

On another note, Moses who also owns African Connection (AC) Boxing Academy has seen two scheduled boxing bonanzas called off due to Covid-19.

“It has been a rough year for us especially the AC Boxing promotions but we have managed to carry out some of our duties without sponsorship. Hopefully next year sponsorship will come on board so that we create more opportunities for young boxers”.