Burns V Indongo Unified Super Lightweight World Championship
Matchroom Boxing Promotions
10th April 2017
SSE Hydro Arena
UK – Sky Sports
US – Not Shown
Ricky Burns ‘Rickster’ 41 (14 Ko’s)-5-1 V Julius Indongo ‘Blue Machine’ 21 (11 KO’s)-0-0
IBF, WBA & IBO World Super Lightweight Title Fight
Ricky Burns in recent years has only lost to top class fighters, Terence Crawford, Dejan Zlaticanin and Omar Figueroa Jr, but with so much unknown about Julius Indongo Ricky Burns with have to be at his best if he is to unify the belts on offer. Burns is a three weight world champion (Super Featherweight, Lightweight, & Super Lightweight) but at times he has almost felt like the forgotten Champion.
Burns fought a big puncher in his last fight and proved he could mix it but ultimately it was his boxing skills that won him that fight against Kiryl Relikh so he will need his chin to hold up again as well as his boxing brain to see him through this fight. It is hard to know what way this fight will go as there is so little known about Indongo but I am sure Burns team have viewed the sparse footage of Indongo and have a rough idea what they are going up against and Burns will need the full crowd of 13,000 to be as raucous as ever to give him the lift he needs but one thing always guaranteed in Scotland is a good atmosphere.
Julious Indongo is not much to look at but he packs a mean punch and he is aiming to shock the Glaswegian crowd just like he shocked the Russian crowd in Moscow in December 2016, in that fight he demolished the unbeaten IBF Champion at the time Eduard Troyanovsky within 40 seconds. That fight was the first time Indongo had fought outside his homeland Namibia, but he has already proven he isn’t scared to go to an unfamiliar setting to fight and upset the favourite. Indongo normally wins by knockout or a unanimous decision so he is used to dominating fights so it will be interesting to see if things are not going the way he is accustomed to, the reaction himself and his team will react.
The confident unbeaten southpaw will be going into the fight with a slight height and reach advantage and he feels he is not just representing himself but the whole of Africa and he is a bit worried about the hometown judges in Glasgow so he might have a plan to make sure it doesn’t go that far, but saying that he is looking to bigger and better things after this fight, especially the potential of linking in with some of the big promoters in America like Bob Arums Top Rank as like must fighters he dreams of fighting in Las Vegas, and if successful here the only other Champion in the division would be the vastly talented Terrence Crawford.
Other fighters appearing on the card are as follows:
Scott Cardle ‘Scotty’ 21 (7 KO’s)-0-1 V Robbie Barrett 14 (1KO)-2-1
British Lightweight Title Fight
Charlie Edwards 9 (4 Ko’s)-1-0 V Iain Butcher 16 (5 KO’s)-2-0
British Super-Flyweight Title Fight
Charlie Flynn 8 (1 KO)-0-0 V Ryan Collins ‘Electric’ 13 (2 KO’s)-2-0
Celtic Lightweight Title Fight
Callum Johnson ‘The One’ 16 (11 Ko’s)-0-0 V Schiller Hyppolite ‘Batman’ 21 (14 Ko’s)-2-0
Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title Fight
Felix Cash 5 (3 Ko’s)-0-0 V Daryl Sharpe 3-13-0
Joe Ham 10 (5 KO’s)-0-0 V Scott McCormack 5-2-1
Lawrence Okolie 1 (1 KO)-0-0 V TBA
Josh Kelly 0-0-0 V Jay Byrne 4 (1 KO)-1-0