By Tomi Pradarics
This past weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, former IBF 160-pound champ Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) blew out his Irish counterpart Spike O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KOs) in a single round to bring himself closer to a world title fight under the tutelage of the World Boxing Organization thanks to the participants’ high ranking positions of No. 3 and 5, respectively.
The latter route, though, would clearly bother unbeaten and WBO No. 2 rated middleweight contender Walter Kautondokwa (17-0, 16 KOs), a well-skilled and heavy-handed Namibian pugilist who, due to his largely unknown stance on the international fight scene has been struggling to secure a meaningful opponent during his five-year run in the pro ranks.
“Walter is No.2 and clearly nobody in the division wants to fight him from O’Sullivan to Lemieux and everybody else but they will not be able to avoid him for long. We are patient and will have another fight for him before the end of this year and see how things play out,” said Kautondokwa’s promoter, Nestor Tobias to BoxingScene.com.
Lemieux vs. O’Sullivan was sanctioned as a WBA world title eliminator – and Lemieux appeares to be the frontrunner to face champion Canelo Alvarez, who captured the belt from Gennady Golovkin on Saturday.
Tobias is working on to keeping the top ranking position of his protégé to soon be able to put him in a world title fight at middleweight. The WBO title is currently held by fellow unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders, who looks to take care of his mandatory obligations over No. 1 rated Demetrius Andrade on October 20 in Boston.
The plan of Team Kautondokwa is to become the next mandatory by the Puerto Rico-based sanctioning body, once the WBO releases its refreshed rankings later in the fall.
“Walter is the No. 2 rated contender so, once Saunders and Andrade step in the ring we expect the WBO to declare Kautondokwa the [new] mandatory challenger,” stated Tobias, who believes the World Boxing Organization will make the right decision that resonates with their own rulebook.
“We have a lot of respect for the WBO and we, therefore, expect them to be consistent with their rules and regulations. We know that O’Sullivan-Lemieux is a big fight, but it doesn’t mean that the winner can simply jump and become the mandatory challenger.”
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