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‘Blue machine’ ready to take the heat from Burns

‘Blue machine’ ready to take the heat from Burns

IBF and IBO world champion, Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo will face Scottish WBA world champion, Ricky Burns, on 15 April 2017 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to a media statement released this week, the upcoming fight has been described as one of the biggest and most anticipated super fights in world boxing and it has been confirmed that negotiations between MTC Sunshine and Matchroom Promotions have been concluded successfully

Boxing Promoter, Nestor Tobias said, “We are excited to have successfully negotiated this super fight. It is a fight that the world is waiting to see and Indongo is up to the task. From all the offers we received, we made the right choice choosing Burns who is also a respected champion in his own right. Unifying the title was definitely the best decision because it increases the value of the bout across the world” said Tobias.

Indongo stunned the world of boxing when he knocked down double world IBF and IBO champion, Eduard Troyanovsky in 40 seconds. He is now not only a double world champion but also remains undefeated with 21 fights and 21 straight wins.

It is an absolute honour for me to fight another world champion. Ricky is an accomplished champion, I respect what he has achieved so far, but I am going to Scotland with the grace of God, and all the hard work I have put in so far to take his WBA belt from him. I know it won’t be easy, but I have a good team, with passionate Namibian fans and I intend to make them smile on 15 April” said Indongo

His opponent, Ricky Burns became a three weight world champion when he won the WBA world championship belt in 2016 against Michele Di Rocco and successfully defended his title in October 2016 against Kiryl Relikh. In 2012, he defeated Namibian Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses to retain the WBO Lightweight title. He is aged 33 and comes into this fight after 47 fights, 41 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw.

Meanwhile, all 3 world title belts from different sanctioning bodies will be on the line.

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