By Carlos Kambaekwa
Namibia’s internationally acclaimed boxing stable, the MTC Sunshine Boxing Academy, leaves for Russia earlier than usual in a bid to ensure sufficient acclimatization and preparation for the big showdown between Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and homeboy Eduard Troyanovsky.
The undefeated Namibian will challenge Troyanovsky for the IBF and IBO super lightweight world titles in Russia on the 3rd of next month. Troyanovsky is a unified world champion and holds both the IBF (International Boxing Federation) and IBO (International Boxing Organisation) world titles.
“You would recall that this fight was supposed to have taken place 2 years ago when Troyanovsky was only the IBO world champion, sadly the bout was cancelled when he was offered a unification fight with the IBF world champion,” said Indongo’s handler Nestor Tobias.
“Troyanovsky won that particular fight and became a unified champion, and thank God we are now able to make it happen but this time even bigger with two world titles from two different sanctioning bodies at stake.
“This is the fourth time that a boxer from our stable challenges a world champion for their titles. Paulus ‘the Hitman’ Moses was the first when he took on Yusuke Kobori from Japan in 2009 for the WBA Lightweight world title, which he won on foreign soil. It took the Namibian eight solid years to get a bite at a world title,” Tobias said.
Moses’ namesake, Paulus ‘the Rock’ Ambunda became the second boxer when he stepped into the ring against Pungluang Sor Singhu in 2013 for the WBO Bantamweight title, which he won after a seven-year wait to fight for a world title.
In 2013, Imms ‘Prince’ Naidjala challenged the champion, Tomoki Kameda, for the WBO Bantamweight title in Japan that saw the Namibian lose on points.
“The emphasis is not only on the number of years it took them to get to fight for world titles, but more importantly our boxers deserved it, because of their incredible world ratings that qualified them to be eligible to challenge for world titles,” Tobias opined.
Both Moses and Ambunda were mandatory challengers, meaning they were rated number 1 in the world, obliging the world champions to fight them, while Naidjala was rated in the top five.
The latter was fortunate to have been challenged by the world champion in a voluntary defense of the world title and same scenario applied to Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, who was challenged by the champion.