Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kautondokwa will step in the ring on Saturday to fight unbeaten American boxer, Demetrius Andrade, in Boston,
USA for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World Middleweight title in what would be arguably the Namibian’s biggest fight of his boxing career.
This is the first time that Kautondokwa will be fighting for a world title.
He could become the fourth boxer from the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy to win a world title following in the footsteps of Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses (former World Boxing Association Lightweight champion), Paulus ‘Rock’ Ambunda (former WBO Bantamweight world champion and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super-Bantamweight world champion) and Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, a former WBA, IBO and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super-lightweight champion.
Kautondokwa and his team including promoter and manager, Nestor ‘Don King’ Tobias, have been in the USA since last Sunday.
Andrade (30) was supposed to challenge then champion Billy Joe Saunders for the title on 20 October in Atlanta, but Saunders was forced to relinquish the world title after he failed a drug test.
The WBO officials then decided to pair Andrade with Kautondokwa who was the next highest ranked opponent in the world.
Kautondokwa (33) is competitive and will present a solid challenge to Andrade because of his scary record of 13 technical knockouts and three knockouts from 17 fights and no losses.
Andrade also has a healthy record of 25 fights, nine technical knockouts and six knockouts with no losses.
Kautondokwa, who lost his mother before he left for America, said that he is going to fight his best in honour of his mother.
“I laid my mom to rest just a few days ago, but I am more determined now than ever to go out there and make her proud. I am truly humbled by this opportunity. I have only ever fought outside of Namibia once in my professional career, but I am not intimidated to fight in the USA. I am from the Land of the Brave and although I am relatively unknown and most definitely the underdog going into this fight, it gives me a great advantage to focus on doing my best and surprising my opponent and the fans,” Kautondokwa said.