By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Former WBA and IBF World Super Lightweight champion Julius Indongo of Namibia could be next for newly crowned southpaw International Boxing Organization World Super Lightweight champion Mohamed Mimoune
of Toulouse, France. Mimoune went pro in April 2010, and has compiled a professional record of 20-2 with only two knockouts. A highly technical fighter, he has only one unavenged split decision loss. Mimoune opened his career with nine consecutive decision wins of four, six and eight rounds before he scored his first knockout.
Mimoune has decisioned four fighters with a combined win record of 52-0, so his technical skill is considerable. A winner of five French and European Welterweight title bouts, Mimoune dropped to an amazing 138 pounds to win his IBO world title, a significant achievement. Many fighters have trouble maintaining their optimum weight, let only dropping in weight to win a world title. Mimoune beat a 21-0 fighter to become a world champion.
Already considered a top five fighter at 140 pounds, Mimoune, if he wins a few more big bouts, could be next in the mix for Terence Crawford, Felix Diaz, the winner of the WBC super lightweight world title bout between Victor Postol and Regis Prograis at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Florida, on March 9, the IBF title bout winner of Sergey Lipinets versus Mikey Garcia at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, on March 10, or the winner of the WBA world title bout between Rances Barthelemy and Kiryl Rilikh, also in San Antonio on March 10, 2016. Since Postol is ranked as the number one contender and Bathelemy the number three contender at 140 pounds by the International Boxing Organization, Julius Indongo, the number two contender, would become the mandatory challenger if he agrees to fight Mimoune next.
Julius Indongo was knocked out in the third round by Terence Crawford last August, which may or may not make him a desirable next opponent for Mimoune. This could be one fight too soon for Mimoune, or one fight too many for the comebacking Indongo, but could have the makings of an interesting matchup. Indongo could go to France to challenge Mimoune, as opposed to the well-promoted world class 140 pound contenders and champions, who would want Mimoune to travel to them for the bout.