Julius Indongo went on the road again, and came out with a dominant performance again, this time unifying the IBF and WBA “world” junior welterweight titles in Glasgow, Scotland, outpointing Ricky Burns over 12 rounds.
Scores were 116-112, 118-110, and 120-108 for Indongo. BLH had it 120-108 for Indongo. Indongo (22-0, 11 KO) was tactically nearly perfect in the fight, using his length and southpaw stance to truly outclass and bedevil Burns (41-6-1, 14 KO) in every round. The Namibian was just in a different league in this fight, and there was nothing a determined Burns could do about it.
The win puts Indongo, 34, into the true top tier of the 140-pound ranks, and he might be an interesting opponent for anyone in that division with his style. For the 34-year-old Burns, it’s obviously a major setback and a tough loss that takes him out of the race for the time being, but we’re talking about a three-weight world champion who has given a lot to boxing, too, and admirably never gave up trying in this fight.
Former flyweight world title challenger Charlie Edwards (10-1, 4 KO) moved up in weight and came away with the vacant British super flyweight title, outclassing Iain Butcher (16-3, 5 KO) over 12 rounds. Scores were 120-109, 120-108, and 120-108, giving Edwards a sweep in rounds save for one even round on one judge’s scorecard.
Robbie Barrett (15-2-1, 1 KO) scored a pretty notable upset over Scotty Cardle (21-1-1, 7 KO), winning a 12-round majority decision to claim the British lightweight title. Barrett was down twice, but won on scores of 114-112, 115-113, and 114-114.
British Olympian Josh Kelly, a middleweight prospect, made his pro debut with a six-round win over Jay Byrne (4-2, 1 KO). Kelly won on a referee’s score of 59-55.