Crawford vs Indongo: Julius Indongo says he is under no pressure ahead of Terence Crawford bout
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 05/07/17 3:38pm
Julius Indongo believes he is "under no pressure" ahead of his fight with Terence Crawford on August 19.
The 'Blue Machine' added the WBA super-lightweight title to his IBF strap when he beat Ricky Burns in April, and will aim to become the undisputed champion at 140lbs when he faces WBC and WBO titlist Crawford at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Nebraska, live on Sky Sports.
Indongo will be fighting away from home for the third fight in succession, but the Namibian is confident of retaining his unbeaten record and becoming the lineal champion in the American's hometown.
"I'm under no pressure at all," Indongo said.
"I'm going to Nebraska, USA, to wrestle those titles away from Crawford and it does not bother me that I'm going into his own backyard.
"As a team, we have a strategy and perfect game plan for Crawford, so I'm really not concerned with what my opponent has in store for me or the pressure of fighting in the States."
Crawford is an undefeated two-weight world champion and regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He last fought in May when he defeated Felix Diaz in New York, and holds notable victories over Ricky Burns and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
But Indongo admits the responsibility of representing his continent has given him extra motivation to succeed on the night.
"Fighting at this level is not only about me but it's about my country and Africa at large," he said.
"So, I have to beat Crawford for Africa and for my country. Not many African boxers get this opportunity and that's why I have to inspire my fellow African boxers."