Kautondokwa was drafted in after the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission denied Billy Saunders the license to fight Andrade after a failed drugs test.
Despite being a late-call, the Namibian boxer is elated for the opportunity to fight for a world title.
It will be the second time Kautondokwa is fighting outside Namibia in his undefeated 17 professional bouts.
“I have only ever fought outside of Namibia once in my professional career, but I am not intimidated to fight in the USA. I am from the Land of the Brave and although I am relatively unknown and most definitely the underdog going in this fight, it gives me great advantage to focus on doing my best and surprising my opponent,” said Kautondokwa, who is ranked No.2 by World Boxing Organisation (WBO).
He is up against a much experience nemesis - Andrade, a two-time former middleweight world champion who remain undefeated in 25 bouts.
“This is a blessing in disguise. Kautondokwa has worked so hard to get where he is, he was patient, disciplined and hardworking and he has truly earned the opportunity to get the biggest fight of his life,” said Kautondokwa trainer Nestor Tobias.
Kautondokwa’s stable mate at MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses (38) will battle Ghanaian Immanuel Tagoe (27) for the WBO Africa Lightweight title in Acara on October 20, 2018.
The two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion said he seeks to improve his standing in the WBO world rankings.