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New Era Newspaper Tuesday August 15, 2017

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NEW ERA | Tuesday, August 15 2017 Enduro series produces fireworks at Otjihase Page 23 Ohangwena optimistic about Skorpion Zinc Cup Page 23 SPORT Among the best... Namibia’s triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo Why Indongo shouldn’t be taken lightly • SEAN CROSE American boxing sensation Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is a serious force to be reckoned with, as the undefeated junior welterweight world champion can fight orthodox or southpaw, can hit like a mace, and can seemingly adapt to any situation. But those brushing aside the ability of Crawford’s opponent, Namibia’s triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, should better be advised to pay attention. For although Indongo is little known in North America, he too holds a junior welterweight strap (the fight with Crawford will be for divisional supremacy). The Namibian can also put people to sleep – quickly. Sure enough, the straightpunching Indongo has taken out half of his opponents – some in highlight reel fashion. Why is this important? Because Indongo is not simply some hard hitter looking for a puncher’s chance. He is a man who can box too. Just ask Ricky Burns, who Indongo (22-0) defeated in his home country of Scotland. Look at it this way – fighters like Yuriorkis Gamboa and Viktor Postol had a good few rounds apiece against Crawford (31-0). Yet if the enigmatic Nebraskan decides to take his usual tact this Saturday night of warming up as time goes on, it may well be too little, too late. Indongo is too skilled and powerful not to make the most of every available opportunity, just like he is not afraid to go into enemy territory to get what is his. That is right, this weekend’s fight is in Crawford’s native Nebraska, just like the Burns fight was in Burn’s Scottish homeland and Indongo’s fight before that was in Russia – against a Russian, the undefeated Eduard Troyanovsky. Indongo won that one by first round knockout, by the way. While it is true Namibia is not known as being a boxing hotbed, it says something that a man like Indongo is so willing to travel. For here is a fighter with enough confidence to actually go for it. Really go for it. In the age of Mayweather-McGregor, that is pretty impressive. Still, this is Crawford we are talking about here, a man who has beaten everyone in his path impressively. And, make no mistake about it, Crawford had some solid competition. Gamboa was a serious adversary when the two men met a few years back. So was Viktor Postol, a man who some assumed had been well avoided by Danny Garcia and who had mopped the figurative floor with Lucas Matthysse. So yes, the man called Bud is so good, it is worth wondering aloud if he is an elite-level talent. That is something Indongo might want to think about in the lead up to this weekend’s ESPN broadcast bout. Not that he has not thought about it already. Good fighters tend to know what they are getting themselves into. - Brave Warriors confident ahead of vital 2nd leg he Brave Warriors yesterday esumed training as they prepare for he second leg of their 2018 CHAN ualifier against Comoros, slated or the Sam Nujoma Stadium this unday, 20 August. Namibia lost 2-1 on Sunday fternoon away in Comoros during heir first leg tie. Heading into the econd and final leg of the qualifiers, he Brave Warriors will have it all to o and they have demonstrated their eriousness. “This is a very demanding and nteresting time for our team. We ave the away goal, which is key nd I told the boys we’re training n Monday, normally they are given he day off after travelling but we are o close to Kenya and we need to emain focused hence this training ession,” determinedly said coach Battle front... Brave Warriors striker Itamunua Keimuine (right) in action against Comoros on Sunday during their 2018 CHAN first leg qualifier. Ricardo Mannetti. Comoros surprised many on Sunday with their slick passing and confidence at home and Mannetti reiterated that taking them lightly will be dangerous. “They have two goals from the first leg and their plan is to come here and put more pressure on us but we need to be prepared for that. We know what we need to do, we have to at least win by 1-0, and that won’t be that easy but it’s a good advantage for us and have a good chance of making it at home. It will be sweet if we manage to pull it off,” added Mannetti. Hendrick Somaeb could have made it 2-2 in the dying minutes of the game only for his left-footed shot to hit the upright in added time, having pulled one back through a well-dispatched penalty. Mannetti has called on the public to come out in huge numbers and fill the Sam Nujoma Stadium yet again, with history beckoning for the localbased Brave Warriors as they eye their maiden appearance at the continental showpiece for domestic players. Match tickets are on sale for N each at Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide and Mannetti urge football fans to grab them as early as possible. “We have a monumental game on Sunday and we need everyone behind the team. This team has proven that they can rise to the occasion and with a filled stadium it has proven to bring the best out of the team, so get your ticket, come early and support the team on Sunday,” appealed Mannetti. -

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