Former unified junior welterweight world titleholder Julius Indongo has signed a promotional agreement with Lou DiBella.
Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which was announced on Friday.
Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs), 34, of Namibia, said he plans to train in Omaha, Nebraska, hometown of new manager Michael Carter, and fight in the United States.
“I’m very happy for the opportunity to fight for DiBella Entertainment,” Indongo said. “I will make sure that I work hard in order to open doors for my fellow Namibians. It’s an unexpected dream that turned into reality. DiBella Entertainment, I’m thrilled to continue my career and achieve my goals with your promotional push.”
Indongo, a 2008 Olympian, burst on the world stage as a pro in December 2016 when he traveled to Moscow and dramatically knocked out hometown fighter Eduard Troyanovsky in the first round to win a world title. Then Indongo traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, the home turf of world titleholder Ricky Burns, and won a lopsided decision to unify two 140-pound world titles.
That set the stage for his showdown with fellow two-belt world titleholder Terence Crawford for the undisputed world championship on Aug. 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska, just outside Crawford’s hometown of Omaha.
Crawford handed Indongo his first defeat, knocking him out in the third round with a body shot to become only the third fighter of the four-belt era — along with former middleweight world champions Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor — to hold all four at the same time.
Crawford, who claimed 2017 ESPN.com fighter of the year honors, then vacated the titles to move up in weight.
With a win to rebound from the loss to Crawford, Indongo should be in position to challenge for a belt before too long, according to DiBella.
“I’m very excited to start working with Julius,” DiBella said. “Not only is he a former unified junior welterweight world champion but also a true road warrior, winning titles in both Russia and Scotland. He’s very serious about becoming a world champion again, including moving his training camp to the U.S., and I look forward to working with him toward another world title opportunity.”
Said Carter: “We are really excited to be a part of the DiBella Entertainment family and are extremely grateful for the opportunity. That being said, we are confident that Julius Indongo will regain every title he lost and obtain the others he was pursuing. With the backing of a solid promotional company like DiBella Entertainment, we know that Indongo will once again become a dominant force in the junior welterweight division and become an even greater source of pride to his Namibian fans and supporters.”