Former triple world boxing champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, is relishing the opportunity to redeem himself after suffering back to back defeats against American opponents.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer this week, Indongo said he is set to step back in the ring sometime before the end of the year against an opponent that is yet to be confirmed.
The former World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super-lightweight world champion will be hoping for change in fortune following successive defeats by Terence Crawford and Regis Prograis.
Indongo first lost the unification fight to Crawford in August last year before his plans for redemption were dealt a serious body blow when he lost to Regis Prograis in March this year in a World Boxing Council (WBC) Super-lightweight title fight.
During the interview with the Windhoek Observer, Indongo also revealed for the first time why he lost his last fight, telling this reporter that he overstretched his muscles on the eve of the fight against Prograis, which affected his performance.
Prograis dropped a hapless Indongo four times on his way to an impressive second-round knockout.
After that fight, Indongo was taken to local hospital where he underwent multiple exams for head trauma.
“Something happened to me that night of the fight against Prograis. What happened is that my conditioning manager overstretched me the night before the fight.
“My blood stopped circulating properly and as a result I could not feel my legs. My body could also not function well. It was too late for me not to fight that night.
“I will not blame my conditioning manager because it is over already and I cannot question the conditioning manager,” Indongo said.
Indongo, who has a record of 22 wins and two losses, still believes that he has what it takes to get back to winning ways even at the age of 35.
He also spoke about his plans to launch an annual boxing tournament and a boxing promotions company called ‘Don’t Worry Promotions’.
“I have already found the patron of the Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo Annual Boxing Tournament that is slated to start on 7 September this year,” the boxer said.
“I have decided to start the tournament in Windhoek because it is where most people love boxing. The patron for the tournament is Police Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga.
“Hopefully companies such as MTC and Namibia Wildlife Resorts will come on board. I just want to plough back to the community.”