WINDHOEK, 10 OCT – Namibian boxer Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kautondokwa will fight against Demetrius Andrade from the United States of America for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World Middleweight title.
A press statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday, said this development comes after the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission denied Billy Saunders a license to fight in their state for having failed a drug test.
The media statement explained that Andrade was supposed to challenge Saunders for the title on 20 October in Boston.
However, because Saunders failed the drug test, Andrade will now face Kautondokwa who was the next highest ranked opponent at number two.
“This is a blessing in disguise. Kautondokwa has worked so hard to get where he is, he was patient, disciplined and hardworking and he has truly earned the opportunity to get the biggest fight of his life,” trainer Nestor Tobias said.
He added that his stable Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy had been waiting for such an opportunity to introduce Kautondokwa to the boxing world.
The boxer himself said he was humbled by the 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 in this fight, it gives me great advantage to focus on doing my best and surprising my opponent,” Kautondokwa said
The boxer, who laid his mother to rest a few days ago, is determined to win the world title to honour her.
Andrade goes into this fight the more experienced boxer with 25 fights and 25 wins, and is a former WBO Super Welterweight champion and will look to become a two division world champion by beating the Namibian.
Kautondokwa remains undefeated after 17 professional bouts.