#15 IBF fringe contender Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs) looked sensational last Saturday night in knocking out IBF light welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-1, 22 KOs) in the 1st round at the MegaSport Arena in Moscow, Russia. Indongo, 33, knocked Troyanovsky out in the first 40 seconds of the 1st round after hitting him with a monstrous left hand to the head that put the 36-year-old Russian down on his back on the canvas.
Troyanovsky didn’t even bother trying to get up, because he was KNOCKED OUT. He was not going to get up for anything. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:40 of the 1st round. The fight was stopped by referee Mark Calo-Oy.
Troyanovsky never even got his own offense started in the fight before getting dropped. The 5’8” Troyanovsky is a powerful puncher, and he might have been able to score a knockout in the fight against the inexperienced southpaw Indongo if he’s been able to land some shots.
Indongo represented his country Nambia in the 2008 OOlympics in Beijing, China in fighting at lightweight, but the results saw him losing to Anthony Little of Australia by the score 14-2. As a pro, Indongo has done a lot better in winning his first 21 fights, albeit against weak opposition.
We really don’t know how good Indongo is, because he knocked Troyanovsky out so quickly with his left hand. Before beating Troyanovsky, Indongo’s best win came against journeyman Kaizer Mabuza in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2014.
It’s unclear whether Troyanovsky had a rematch clause in his contract with Indongo. You would think that he would have one, because this was a voluntary defense against the #15 IBF rated Indongo and not a mandatory. If Troyanovsky is going to fight the 5’10 ½” Indongo a second time, then he’s going to need to work on his defense a little to keep from getting hit by the left hands that Indongo likes to throw.
Indogo might be able to hold onto his International Boxing Federation title for a while if he’s able to move on. There aren’t too many highly ranked talented contenders in the IBF’s rankings. There are some good fighters, but the IBF has them rated lower. Indongo could make some money before he’s faced with a real test like Rances Barthelemy, Frankie Gomez or Felix Diaz.
I’m not sure that Indongo could beat any of those guys, but you never know. If he can land his left hands clean like he did against Troyanovsky last Saturday night, then anything is possible.