Tipped for greatness
Boxing promoter Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias has put his faith in Walter Kautondokwa to deliver a world crown to the stable.
15 May 2019 | Sports
Kautondokwa made a big statement in his comeback fight over the past weekend by stopping Simeon Tcheta from Tanzania at the beginning of the second round of their 10-round non-title fight.
The Namibian made his return to the ring after losing a world title fight for the then vacant WBO middleweight crown against American southpaw Demetrius Andrade in October last year. Kautondokwa has a record of 19 fights, 18 wins and only one loss and remains a dangerous knockout specialist, with 17 of his 19 wins coming via KOs.
Tobias said Kautondokwa's performance against Tcheta had renewed his faith in his boxer and that he was confident that 'The Executioner' would get another crack at a world title.
A then unbeaten Kautondokwa had been confident going into his fight against Andrade.
The Namibian was handed the fight two weeks before the clash, following a Massachusetts State Athletic Commission decision not to licence Billy Joe Saunders, due to a failed Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (Vada) test in August last year.
However, the short time period he had to adequately prepare for the fight proved to be his downfall, as Andrade scored four knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision victory to claim the vacant tight in Boston.
Kautondokwa was never in the fight. Two judges scored it a shutout (120-104) and the third judge scored the bout 119-105 in Andrade's favour.
However, there now seems to light at the end of the tunnel for Kautondokwa, following a sterling performance in Zimbabwe at the weekend.
“Kautondokwa started the fight with strong combinations to the body, leaving Tcheta hurt at the end of the first round.
“At the beginning of the second round, Kautondokwa continued with strong punches and the corner threw in the towel one minute into round 2 to avoid further punishment and prevent injury to their man,” Tobias said.
Kautondokwa had previously had two fights scheduled after his loss to Andrade that were both cancelled at the last minute. The first fight was against South Africa's France Ramabolu. Ramabolu's camp withdrew at short notice, with Tobias claiming at the time that the South African had gotten cold feet because of Kautondokwa's power. Jacob Maganga from Tanzania was also to have faced Kautondokwa's but failed a medical test.
Tobias believes that Kautondokwa is still one of the most feared boxers globally and is ready to claim a world crown in the middleweight division.
“The loss against Andrade was unfortunate. We took that fight at very short notice, but that is water under the bridge.
“All that matters is that Kautondokwa is back now and ready to challenge top contenders in the middleweight division, so they better be ready. We expect him to be back in the WBO top 15 ratings and then we will be back to business,” Tobias said.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa