Boxing trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias has expressed his anxiety about the International Boxing Federation (IBF) pronouncement that his charge, Julius Indongo (34), should defend his IBF Super Lightweight title against mandatory challenger Kazakhstan-born and former kickboxer – Sergey Lipinets.Instead, Tobias is angling on a unification bout for his fighter, to defend his WBA, IBO and IBF world lightweight titles at once and not defending them separately.
Indongo recently defeated Ricky Burns, the former WBA Super Lightweight world champion to end to his IBF and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super lightweight belts that he won in December 2016.
Indongo, demolished Eduard Troyanovsky of Russia in 40 seconds of the first round in Moscow, to become the fourth Namibian boxer to capture a world title.
However, he is mandated to defend either of his belts within 120 days of his last fight, which was April 16 when he defeated Burns at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Moreover, his trainer and promoter, Tobias, told local media: “We are in no hurry to enter the ring. We are going to enjoy our belts and will not be forced or pressured by anyone to fight when we are not happy with the terms and conditions or deal that is on the table”.
He added: “The whole world is now looking for Indongo because he has what they want, and we are ready to accept good offers that will be good for our boxer’s career.”
One of the good offers, according to Tobias, is a unification fight in Las Vegas against the undefeated Terence Crawford (29) of the United States of America.
Crawford holds the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) world titles.
“We are not afraid of travelling to another continent to defend the titles or unify them, as it will put Namibia on the map and allow us to show the world what we are made of, as we did in Russia and Scotland,” he said.
Tobias of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy revealed that they have teamed up with Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Boxing to work on Indongo, in the preparation for his next fight. Surprisingly, Hearn is Ricky Burns’ promoter.