Demetrius Andrade vs Walter Kautondokwa
Former WBO champion Demetrius Andrade takes on Walter Kautondokwa for the vacant WBO World Middleweight championship. The two fighters will square off this Saturday, October 20 at TD Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts. DAZN will broadcast the Matchroom Boxing event with live coverage beginning at 5:00 p.m. (EST).
Most fans would agree, this isn’t the fight the boxing world wanted. Originally, former WBO World Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was slated to defend his belt against Andrade. The highly competitive match-up would see two of boxing’s most brash personalities collide in the ring. Unfortunately, Saunders tested positive for oxilofrine, a substance banned by VADA. As a result, he was denied a boxing license by the Boston Athletic Commission. Under the circumstances, Saunders would ultimately vacate his title.
However, the show must go on.
Demetrius Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs)
The thirty year old Rhode Island native looks almost unbeatable when he’s in the ring. Experience, brilliant timing, and pinpoint accuracy have propelled him throughout his career. Andrade’s biggest opponent seems to be inconsistency. At this point, his lack of activity bars fans from wanting to see him in more noteworthy fights. With that said, Saturday should serve as a proving ground. He will need to deliver the knockout fans are expecting.
Advice to Andrade: Display a sense of urgency; press for the knockout.
Walter Kautondokwa (17-0, 16 KOs)
Ranked number two by the WBO, Kautondokwa is a late replacement with a ninety-four percent KO ratio. Hiss edge here will be his significant punching power. He will need to exploit every aspect of his exceptional ability.
While many are writing him off, I can’t help but remember another Namibian fighter in a similar predicament; Julius Indongo.
Advice to Kautondokwa: Impose your will and punch with Andrade.
By: Cessell Robinson