Indongo, Naidjala move up in latest world’s rankings

On the rise... WBO Africa Junior Welterweight champion Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo (right).


Namibia’s ever-improving boxing stars Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala have every reason to celebrate their tremendous improvement on the latest World Boxing Organisation (WBO) world ratings, which saw them take giant steps towards the top spots.

Currently the WBO Africa Junior Welterweight champion, the undefeated Julius Indongo moved from 5th place to spot number 3, which officially places him among the top three. In 2nd place is Ruslan Provodnikov from Russia, while Phillipinian Jason Pagara holds top spot in the latest rankings.

Terence Crawford from the USA is the current world champion in this division. Indongo is the only African boxer in the top 15 of this highly competitive weight class.

“This is excellent news for Julius, because it means we’re well on track in terms of where we want him to be. He remains undefeated and the timing of his last fight was perfect. We have to remain patient and I hope that his next fight can be a world title eliminator. That will ensure he becomes the mandatory challenger in the number one position,” said renowned boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias.

“The road to any world title is tough and there are no short-cuts. You have to earn it through fighting quality opponents and being consistent. We’re confident that Julius’ big break is around the corner and is well deserved for that matter.”

In the Bantamweight division – still on the WBO latest world rankings – Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala improved his overall rating from 8th place to position number 6, which is a positive step in the right direction towards a world title fight.

“Naidjala has made good progress. He is well known in international boxing circles, having fought tough opponents like former world champion Tomoki Kameda, where he only lost on points. Since attaining the WBO Inter-continental title, he swiftly moved from number 11 to number 9 and now from 8th place to 6th,” adds Tobias.

“His record represents him well and with his title defence fight scheduled for the 11th of June, a win there can only be in his favour. He is a talented boxer. He has fought world champions before and he definitely has the potential to become world champion.

“It’s a long road, but by the end of the year our plan is to have him in the top 3. In the meantime we will also try to challenge the current world champion for a voluntary defence but we are firmly focused on his next fight against Klaas Mboyane scheduled for the 11th June”.



Moving up... WBO Inter-Continental bantamweight champion Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala (right).
Moving up… WBO Inter-Continental bantamweight champion Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala (right).


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