Namibian Walter Panduleni Kautondokwa extended his record to 15 wins in as many fights with a devastating 5th round knockout of Ghana’s Obodai Sai Friday night.
Called ‘The Executioner’, Kautondokwa (now 15-0, 14 knockouts) got off to his WBO Africa middleweight belt defence and IBF Africa middleweight title chase with a dominant first round display with perfect punches on his opponent.
Sai managed a controlled second and third rounds before the 32-year-old Namibian succeeded in landing a ferocious left hook in the fourth. The Ghanaian managed to stand his grounds throwing back some punches.
The bout had to end after Obodai Sai was sent down with a hard right punch in the fifth round at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. An unsteady Sai wobbled down the canvass forcing referee on the day, Roger Barnor to end his misery.
Friday night’s fight was initially Kautondokwa’s title defence but was later upgraded to a WBO world title elimination bout. This means the Central African is now closer to facing the likes of Kazakhstan’s WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles super champ Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin.
Kautondokwa is 8th, while Sai is 13th on the WBO global rankings. The two boxers are the only fighters on the African continent in the middleweight division rated by the four sanctioning bodies: WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA.