WALTER ‘Executioner’ Kautondokwa was awarded the World Boxing Organization’s Africa fighter of the year prize at the recent WBO Convention in Panama.
Kautondokwa, who recently lost the vacant world title fight against American Demetrius Andrade, was rewarded for his bravery and importantly for having defended his WBO Africa title multiple times in succession, the WBO said.
“As a continuous supporter of our World Boxing Organization, we are pleased to bestow this prestigious award on Kautondokwa. Mr. Kautondokwa is an example of a great WBO fighter and African champion. Therefore, this year the WBO wish to acknowledge and recognize him as the African Fighter of the Year at our 2018 Panama Convention” said Leon Panoncillo (WBO Africa and Asia chairman).
Kautodonkwa, a knock-out specialist, has vowed to bounce back stronger following his first career defeat. The award is just reward for his commitment to the sport, he said.
“I am honored to receive this award from the WBO. It has been a great year of boxing for me and I know that the year 2019 will present more opportunities,” said Kautondokwa.
“I wish to thank my sponsor MTC, my promoter MTC Sunshine Promotions and the entire support staff and team. An award like this can only motivate me and the other boxers and I am happy to receive it on my behalf of myself, the fans and my team,” said Kautondokwa.
His equally pleased promoter Nestor Tobias said the award demonstrates his team’s commitment to compete at the highest level and to be the best in Africa and the world.
“We currently have two WBO world champions from Africa but the WBO decided to honor Kautondokwa with this award, so this means a lot to us and to the respect that Namibian boxing has earned over the years through hard work, putting up quality fights and getting our boxers ranked in the world ratings. Kautondokwa deserves this award and 2019 will be another big year for him.”
Kautondokwa’s record is an impressive 17 fights, 16 wins and only one loss.