What you need to know:
- True to his knickname, the ‘Ring Tiger’ destroyed his opponent and tore his eyelids before the match was stopped in the fifth round.
Ugandan heavyweight boxer Willy Kyakonye earned a fourth straight stoppage in four pro fights after defeating Georgian Tamaz Zadishvili by technical knockout in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Saturday night.
True to his knickname, the ‘Ring Tiger’ destroyed his opponent and tore his eyelids before the match was stopped in the fifth round.
“I was too hot for him to handle; I came with a mission to stop him and I did just that…when I tore his eyelids he couldn’t see well and early in the fifth round the ref stopped the fight,” said Kyakonye, who won a bronze medal at the 2015 African Confederations Boxing Championship in Casablanca, Morocco.
That defeat means the Georgian has now lost 20 pro fights, drawn one and won just seven. Kyakonye was also physically superior, standing at 6’ 6” compared to Zadishvili at 5’ 11”.
Before this, Kyakonye had told this paper he was in much better shape than he was when he defeated Bosnian Haris Gredelj by TKO in Rotterdam in April.
After the victory, Kyakonye and his crowds danced to Bob Marley’s Buffalo Soldier…and yes, the 27-year old based in the Netherlands might have left the Kampala ghettos willingly, not stolen, but no doubt he, like the proverbial Buffalo Soldier, is fighting for survival.
At a glance
Name. Willy Kyakonye
Nickname: Ring Tiger
Height: 6′ 6″/ 198cm
Residence: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Record: 4 [KO4]-0-0
Rated: 376 / 1,096 heavyweights in the world, 1/3 heavyweights in Netherlands