With 15 fights and 14 KOs, the world number seven WBO champion Walter “The Executioner” Kautondokwa is adamant nothing will stand in his way as he aims higher for a world title fight.
The cool, soft speaking stout boxer will be facing the Tanzanian Meshack Mwankemwa on the 21st of October for the WBO Africa Middleweight title and speak to The Villager Sport this week; he said it would be show time once again.
“We are going to give the fans what they always want, what they always expect from us,” he said at his Nestor Sunshine Boxing stable.
But what makes this fight especially a make or break for this lanky athlete is the chances that lie before him to go up the ladder in the world rankings and to get closer to the coveted world title face-off.
“This fight is significant for me, every fight that I am fighting, I am increasing my rankings in the WBO, and I am looking forward to going for big things like a World Title fight. Like now I am ranking number seven in the world in the WBO and once I win this fight, it’s another opportunity for me to move on,” he said.
So how many rounds will he give the visiting boxer on the 21st?
“I can’t tell how many rounds I will give him,” smiled Kautondokwa, “because one can’t underestimate someone. He also came prepared to fight. It always depends on how I have prepared and how he has also prepared. If he makes mistakes, it does not matter whether it’s the first round, it can be over.”
With 14 KOs, one would assume the champ is hell-bent on flooring his opponents at every turn, yet for Kautondokwa although he is aware of the fury in his fists, it all depends on where his deadly punches lands.
“My boxing style is not to concentrate on a KO. It’s just a matter of where I touch you. All my punches have power, and anywhere I touch you it can either be over, or we can go on,” he articulates.
With an excellent track record in professional boxing and carrying the Namibian spirit to foreign lands, how does the executioner handle his nerves?
“Oh man, when I get in the ring? I get there with this mind that I have trained very hard for this fight, and my training has to pay. I spend time in the gym from January to December, and I don’t want to be pushed. I always push myself. I have that thing in my mind as I step in the ring that says, I will make it, I will deliver.”
“When you prepare for a fight, you prepare for everything because the other guy is also preparing to win the fight, he came to fight and win. So my focus is just on him, I don’t focus on the fans anymore,” he says.
On retirement, he says, “It all depends on my body when it says no, and I am tired then I will retire and will try something else. Everything has a beginning and an end.”
The northern born boxing champ is inspired by the Philadelphia born Bernard Hopkins, and he has spent a lot of time studying his moves since childhood.
He also took time to lament the escalation of domestic violence and “crimes of passion” which have rocked the nation.
“Like boxers, we get to be disciplined, and two men that are doing such things to women, all I can tell them is when a woman says no, that’s not the end of the world. You are not the first in that woman’s life. It’s better to go and get fresh air. Fighting and killing do not solve any problems.”