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NBC to televise Indongo fight

THE Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) yesterday confirmed that it will televise Julius Indongo's super lightweight unification title fight against Ricky Burns on Saturday night.
Indongo will take on Burns at the SSE Hydro indoor arena in Glasgow, Scotland, which is expected to be packed to it's 13 000 capacity for the showdown.

Sacky Shikufa, the NBC's manager of sport said they had acquired the rights for the fight although they were still looking for a sponsor.

“We haven't got a sponsor yet, we are still looking for one, but we have acquired the rights through a partner, which has made it possible for us to pay a minimum amount,” he said.

“We have gone into a partnership with a new free to air TV company, Kwese Sport, which has made it possible for us to televise the fight,” he added.

Shifuka said they had also acquired the rights for the fights on the undercard, which will start at about 19h00, while the main fight between Indongo and Burns will start at about 21h00.

In another coup, Shifuka said they had also acquired the rights for the much-anticipated heavyweight world title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on 29 April.

“We will also televise the Joshua-Klitschko fight on 29 April, although the exact times must still be determined,” he said.

Indongo on Presidential mission

Indongo, meanwhile, is supremely confident ahead of Saturday's fight, saying he had been sent on a mission by President Hage Geingob, after a public workout at the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow on Tuesday.

"I have been sent on a mission by my president, and also by the force, because I work as a police officer," he told the BBC.

"I received his blessing and he recommended that I should always keep my guard. He is a man of sport and loves sport very much.

"It is no pressure. It is an honour. I have been given a privilege and I have to take that responsibility,” he added.

Indongo told the BBC that he had found flaws in Burns' armor that he would try to exploit.

"He is making a lot of mistakes. If he is not aware of those mistakes, I feel pity for him.”

A capacity crowd is expected to watch the super lightweight unification fight that will see Indongo putting his IBO and IBF titles on the line while Burns puts his WBA title on the line.

Indongo, however, said that this would not affect him.

"The fans will not be a problem because I believe in my self-confidence and feel I can silence them and I can turn them to my side, because I will give them a good show.

"I am now representing the whole of Africa and want to show that Africa has potential, especially Namibia. We are the best boxers,” he added.

Reflecting on his sensational win against Troyanovsky, Indongo said he identified that the title holder was slow and that his other opponents had shown fear.

"You can't step into the ring with your mother's heart," he said. "Against Ricky Burns I will follow the flow. I will go according to how the fight will lead me.

"I am a very intelligent boxer. I am always keeping my opponent busy. Box him or fight him. It just depends on the night, so that's why we have prepared for all,” he said.

Burns, who turns 34 today, was also in confident mood, saying that he was not impressed by Indongo's punching power.

"It was the first 30 seconds of the first round (against Troyanovsky), so you can't really take a lot from it," he told the BBC.

"He could have caught that boy cold. It could have happened to anybody.

"Before that fight, he had 20 fights and 10 knockouts. Obviously he can punch a bit. But I don't think he is this big puncher that he is making out he is, but we are going to find out how good he is on Saturday.”

Burns added that the Scottish crowd would give a tough welcoming to Indongo.

"This is only the second time fighting out of Namibia, so we will see how he is going to like the Glasgow crowd and we will also see how he is going to like it in the second half of the fight when I am sticking it on him,” he said.

"It is going to be a good night. Training has gone well. The last week is a pain, with all the things to deal with, but roll on fight night,” he added.

Burns said he was well prepared to take on the left-handed Indongo.

"The big difference in preparation is that the sparring has been with southpaws, getting in a good variety," he said.

"We have been bringing in boys similar to the boy we are fighting; tall, rangy, awkward.

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