I’m so proud of you, keep shining boy, Simon hails Indongo


Otniel Hembapu


Judging from his astounding fighting style, to his teeming confidence and courage, Namibian boxing legend Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon says Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo is destined for greatness and bears all the hallmarks of becoming one of the greatest boxers in the world.

Simon, one of Namibia’s most admired boxing greats who became the country’s first fighter to win a world title in 1998 when he defeated American boxer Ronald Wright to claim the WBO super welterweight world championship belt in Gauteng, South Africa, was one of the hundreds of Namibians that thronged Hosea Kutako International Airport yesterday to welcome Indongo back home from Scotland, where he made history on Saturday by wresting the WBA super lightweight world title away from homeboy Ricky Burns.

With Saturday’s victory over Burns, Indongo became Namibia’s first ever unified world champion as he now simultaneously holds the WBA, IBF and IBO world titles. His next potential opponent is American world champion Terence Crawford, who holds the WBO and WBC super lightweight world titles.

Speaking at yesterday’s welcoming press conference, Simon was evidently overflowing with joy as he reflected on how he advised and encouraged Indongo to go to Scotland and get the job convincingly done – a task he said Indongo over-delivered.

“I’m very proud of you, you made me proud and you made Namibia proud. Remember when I was advising you that whenever you are fighting in a foreign country, especially in such big fights, always make sure you get the job done in the most convincing way because otherwise you will not win the fight, and I can proudly say you did the job perfectly,” said an overjoyed Simon, who still boasts an undefeated record spanning over 30 fights.

On Indongo’s fighting style, Simon described it as Indongo’s secret weapon that he must jealously guard and optimally use to further conquer the world of boxing, as it is a very rare style of fighting and one very lethal for any opponent to comprehend.

“I love your style of boxing, I want you to keep fighting that style because it will take you far. Your style of boxing is special and I can foresee you going far with that style … so in short, I just wanted to express my happiness and tell you how proud you have made me,” concluded Simon to the loud applause of the jubilant crowd.


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