Former triple world boxing champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, is still unsure about his next fight, nearly three months after he lost his World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super-lightweight titles to American boxer, Terence Crawford.
Indongo, who at the time was undefeated from 21 fights, lost to Crawford in the third round of their scheduled 12-round bout in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Indongo is also a former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) champion, but was stripped of that title before the encounter against Crawford after his camp was unable to pay the sanction fees of over US$100,000 (N$1,4 million).
“I am still not sure when I will get back inside the ring. I am feeling ok and I have been working very hard in the gym. I am ready to fight again,” Indongo said.
The 2017 MTC/Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sportsman and Sports Achiever of the Year said the two prestigious awards, which he won a fortnight ago, are the best gifts he has ever achieved in his life.
Indongo pocketed N$300,000 in total prize money and is eager to win the two awards again next year.
“This is the best gift I have ever received in my life. This journey (boxing) started in 2001/2002 when I was still an amateur boxer. This journey could have not happened if it was not for councilor Ambrossius Kandjii, who has been instrumental in my boxing career. These two awards also encourage me to work harder and will also encourage many other athletes who also dream of winning them,” Indongo said.
Asked what he will do with the money that he won at the awards, Indongo said he will use part of the money to assist three professional boxers at the Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing Academy, but did not want to reveal the names of the boxers.
“I plan to use the money that I won from the award to assist three boxers in the academy, but I cannot reveal their names just yet because it might bring tension and envy from other boxers. I will help them to buy food, give them pocket money to come to the gym and other small necessities,” he said.
Indongo currently stays at his parents’ house along with his siblings in Soweto, Windhoek and is yet to buy his own house despite having made money from winning the WBA, IBF and IBO titles.
Although he still does not want to reveal the amount of money he had made from the three major world titles including the mega fight against Crawford, he seems to be happy staying put in his family home.
Indongo is an inspector in the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), a position he was given by NamPol’s Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga in August this year before his fight against Crawford.
“I have applied for a loan for a house in Academia and I am still waiting to see if my loan application will be accepted. Houses are very expensive in Namibia.”
When asked about his private relationships, Indongo said that he is still “in the market” and has not yet found his soul mate.
“No, I am not thinking of marriage at this stage. Women do not like men who are poor. I am still searching for that perfect partner.”