WBA light welterweight champion Ricky Burns will be battling IBF belt holder Julius Indongo on April 15 in what the 33-year-old Burns hopes will lead to a bigger fight in Las Vegas, Nevada this year against American Adrien Broner.
Burns and Indongo fight at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Having the home country advantage should help Burns if the fight goes to the scorecards. With the way the southpaw Indongo punches, it might not matter even if the fight were held in Burns’ living room in Glasgow. Indongo defeated former IBF champion Eduard Troyanovsky last December in his home country in Moscow, Russia.
The lanky southpaw Indongo didn’t even let the crowd get into the fight and most importantly, he didn’t let the judges score it. Indongo knocked Troyanovsky out with a single left hand to the head.
Burns is having some late career success with him winning the WBA title last year by stopping Michele Di Rocco in the 8th round to win the vacant WBA title. Burns defended the title once in beating Kiryl Relikh by a 12 round decision last October. Burns is winning, but largely because he’s not facing any of the exceptional guys in the division.
That’s not going to change with his match against Indongo, because he’s not seen as one of the better fighters. He’s just a guy that knocked out Troyanovsky and padded his record with a lot of wins over C-level fighters. Indongo has Olympic experience, but he’s still something of a mystery to a lot of boxing fans.
“When Julius Indongo knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky he was immediately an opponent I was interested in,” said Burns via skysports.com. “Indongo can clearly punch and that’s an impressive way to win a World title, especially in Russia. It was some shot he hit Troyanovsky with.”
If Indongo can hit Burns with the shot he landed on Troyanovsky, then he could get a similar knockout. Burns moves his head a lot, so he might not be able to land anything of substance in this fight.