WINDHOEK – Now more than ever, Namibia’s highly celebrated middleweight boxer Walter “Executioner” Kautondokwa is virtually on the brink of a historic world title shot and could sooner than expected become the country’s next world champion.
This is after the World Boxing Organization (WBO) declared the undefeated Kautondokwa No.2 in the world in the latest rankings released by the world’s renowned boxing organisation.
Currently standing at No.2 spot in the world’s middleweight division, the hard punching 33-year old Kautondokwa sits behind America’s Demetrius Andrade who is rated No.1, and the good news is that he is scheduled to fight WBO world title holder Billy Joe Saunders of Britain on 20 October at the TD Garden in Boston, USA.
Kautondokwa’s promoter Nestor Tobias says as soon as Andrade and Saunders step in the ring on 20 October, he expects the WBO to declare Kautondokwa the mandatory challenger and subsequently declare him No.1 on the division, which will then place him in pole position to fight the winner of the Andrade and Saunders fight.
“I am happy with the progress Kautondokwa has made so far, it has been a long journey and I am confident that the WBO will declare him the mandatory challenger as soon as Billy Saunders and Andrade step in the ring. Whoever wins will have no choice but to face Kautondokwa. They have been avoiding him for a long time now, but the time has come that they face him whether they like it or not. So we are looking forward to that day,” said a delighted Tobias.
Tobias believes that Kautondokwa could possibly fight for a world title in the first quarter of next year and will in the meantime try to organise a fight to keep him in top shape while waiting for the mega shot. Kautondokwa remains undefeated after 17 fights.
“I know that Kautondokwa is the future of the middleweight division. His work rate and discipline has been incredibly high and I cannot wait for him to make the most of this opportunity and become Namibia’s 5th world champion,” adds the multiple award-winning promoter.