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Indongo: Home field advantage won’t save Burns

Julius Indongo

IBF/IBO Lightweight World Champion, Julius Indongo, says that home field advantage will not be enough to save Ricky Burns when the pair clash in their World Super-Lightweight unification showdown at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday.

Namibian hitman, Indongo, is keen to add Burns’ WBA title to the IBF and IBO belts he won in December when he obliterated Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky with a brutal one punch KO.

While many dismissed Indongo’s win as sheer luck, the dangerous Southpaw insists he is coming to Scotland to prove he means business.

“We’re focused and ready,” said Indongo. “I’ve polished the tools and technique for the fight. He’s picked us which is fine with me. It’s not easy to fight someone in their backyard, but you need to make sure that you are totally prepared for the task.

“We don’t have any doubts in this team. The aim is to keep winning. I’ve heard what they’ve been saying. They said it was a lucky punch that floored Troyanovsky. It’s always easy to talk. Bring Burns in front of me, and we will see who is the best.”

Indongo knows he is headed into hostile territory on fight night but insists he is prepared for all the Glasgow crowd can dish out.

“Fighting away from home has never been a problem,” said Indongo. “I know that we cannot host such a huge event in South Africa so I am always prepared to travel. There’s only Ricky and me in the ring; the fans will have no effect on me.

“The KO will be a bonus, but we’re training for hard rounds, I am undefeated and have no doubts that I will stay that way.

“We are not that well recognised in the world of boxing, but I warn you – do not underestimate us, because that’s what happened in Moscow.”

The Namibian hitman also feels that Burns was extremely lucky to overcome Paulus Moses and Kiryl Relikh – claiming both men were robbed of victory by the judges.

“I thought Paulus won the fight, but maybe he didn’t win because it was in Scotland,” said Indongo. “I don’t think he beat Relikh either, but you cannot look at that, he must not take me lightly or make mistakes.

“The sky is the limit for me. I will fight anybody, but the dream is to fight in Las Vegas, I want someone to make me a bigger offer to fight there and defend all the titles, including the WBA belt I will win.”

Indongo’s clash with Burns is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow, and the undercard is led by a pair of British title fights as Scotty Cardle looks to land the Lightweight title outright when he faces Robbie Barrett and Charlie Edwards and Iain Butcher clash for the vacant Super-Flyweight title.

Rio Olympian Josh Kelly makes his pro debut, his Team GB teammate Lawrence Okolie boxes for the second time in the pros, Charlie Flynn fights for his first pro title as he faces Ryan Collins for the Celtic Lightweight title and Joe Ham takes on Scott McCormack for the Scottish Super-Bantamweight title.

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Azeem Sarwar
Boxing coach. Professional troublemaker. Donut connoisseur.

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