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Indongo, Burns in unification clash

Namibian Julius Indongo and Ricky Burns from Scotland meet in a unification clash for the WBA and IBF junior-welterweight belts at the SSE Hydro in Scotland on Saturday night.

Ndongo’s IBO junior-welterweight belt will also be at stake.

The 34-year-old Burns, who has a record of 41-5-1; 14, won his first world belt in September 2011 when he beat Roman Martinez for the WBO junior-lightweight title and then made three successful defences before moving up to lightweight in November 2011 to outpoint Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight belt.

He was subsequently elevated to full champion and made four defences before losing the belt to Terrence Crawford in March 2014.

Moving up another division he claimed his third world belt in May 2016 when he out-pointed Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA junior-welterweight crown and made a successful defence against Kiryl Relikh five months later.

The southpaw Indongo,34, who has a record of 21-0; 11, made his pro debut in July 2009 and has scored victories over quality South African fighters like Kaiser Mabuza and Zolani Marali.

On 3 December in Moscow last year he scored a major upset when he knocked out the previously unbeaten Russian Eduard Troyanovsky at 40 seconds into the first round to win the IBF junior- welterweight belt and the IBO belt.

As an amateur he qualified for the Beijing Olympics but was eliminated in the first series.

Even though he is not recognised as a big puncher he has won his last three fights inside the distance.

Ndongo is a big and tall southpaw and goes into the fight as the underdog against Burns who has fought at a much higher level.

This could be a risky challenge for Burns but the odds are that with his vast experience he could outwork Indongo over 12 rounds and pick up another belt.

Terrence Crawford holds the WBO and WBC junior-welterweight belts.

On the undercard. Scott Cardle (21-0-1; 7) defends his British lightweight title against Robbie Barrett (14-2-1; 1), and Charlie Edwards (9-1; 4) meets Iain Butcher (16-2; 5) for the vacant British junior bantamweight title.


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