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24 NEW ERA | Wednesday, February 14 2018 Argentina want Messi to play less Page 22 Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA Tigers reward players for national duty Page 23 SPORT Page 22 Indongo gets world title shot against Prograis … promises to raise and shine again Venomous hook… Namibia’s former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo (right), seen here in action as he mercilessly schools Scotsman Ricky Burns, has received another world title shot after it was announced yesterday that he will face Regis Prograis for the vacant Interim WBC Super Lightweight World title on March 9 in the USA. Photo: Namibia’s former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo has been thrown another lifeline to resuscitate his career after it was announced that the 35-yearold Namibian will face undefeated American boxer Regis Prograis for the vacant Interim WBC Super Lightweight World title on March 9 in South Dakota, USA. Prograis was initially scheduled to withdraw from the bout due a niggling hand injury – thus handing Indongo the golden opportunity to come on board to be the suitable replacement for Postol. Born in Namibia and now champion who held the IBF, WBA In 2016, Indongo travelled to Moscow, Russia, to dethrone IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Eduard Troyanovsky with a stun- travelled to Glasgow, Scotland, Champion Ricky Burns. Indongo won a 12-round unanimous deci- champion. titleholder, Indongo made his U.S. debut against fellow undefeated and unified champion Terence Crawford in a showdown to determine the undisputed champion of the 140-pound division. bout with all four major world titles at stake since Jermain Taylor dethroned Bernard Hopkins in 2005. Indongo lost to Crawford, suffering the only defeat of his professional career. Prograis on March 9,” said Indongo. “This is a great opportunity for me toward becoming a world champion again. I know how good Prograis is, but come March 9, I’ll be victorious.” “While it’s unfortunate that injury, we’re thrilled that Julius Indongo jumped right at the opportunity to face Regis Prograis for the interim WBC title,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment. “Regis wanted to prove himself against the best, and he will still be afforded that opportunity when he meets former champion Indongo in what promises to be a sensational clash of styles.” has scored knockouts in 13 of his the wide-open 140-pound division. Indongo represents the toughest challenge of his career with his lone boxing, Terence Crawford.- www.

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