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Obodai Sai date with destiny Friday

BY: Kwame Larweh
Obodai Sai

Ghanaian middleweight brawler, Obodai Sai, will on Friday come face to face with destiny when he takes on unbeaten Namibian, Walter Panduleni Kautondokwa, for the WBO Africa middleweight title at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.

The final eliminator towards a shot with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Saul Canelo Alvarez is Obodai’s greatest opportunity at getting a shot at the world title.

Obodai, 30, popularly referred to as “The Miracle”, has fought 34 times, including two losses, is yet to taste defeat since defeating Richard Dogbenya at the Accra Stadium on April 24, 2015.

The calm but mean-looking Bukom brawler is indeed a journeyman in the sport, and ever since finishing off Burkinabe Idrissa Kabore at the Police Officers’ Fitness Centre in Accra, Sai has gone on to demolish the Tanzanian trio of Ibrahim Tamba, Selemani Saidi and Ibrahim Maokola at the Bukom Boxing Arena and the Seconds Out Gym respectively.

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Needless to say, the hard-hitter is very familiar with the arena and opponents who faced him there have all been kayoed.

However, against the undefeated Namibian juggernaut, who is a knockout specialist, this fight could be the Ghanaian’s toughest yet, especially where at stake is a glorious opportunity to get a shot at a world title and also join the elite club of covetous middleweight champions.

Sai has one advantage over his opponent, having fought 20 times more than the Namibian brawler as a professional fighter and has endured much more punches from pugilists from the various parts of the continent.

Kautondokwa, 32, who has fought 14 times, comes into this fight with a plan to knock out Sai who is being managed by Lion’s Boxing Promotion hard and cold.

On Friday, as the two men square off in the ring, only the canvas may feel the most pain; to some extent the fans and to a much extent the mortal bodies of the two hard-hitters.