By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Heavyweight knockout artist Raymond ‘King Kong’ Ochieng of Atlanta, Georgia, whose ‘go anywhere and score a knockout or else’ approach has netted him 20 knockouts in his 25-17-3 record, claimed his latest career ending victim this past weekend when he knocked out 36-1 heavyweight David Rodriguez in the first round in his native El Paso, Texas, and ended his career, winning the World Boxing Council Interim Latino belt in the process, which he intends to defend.
Now ‘King Kong’ Ochieng has set his sights on a new target: Dmitriy Salita heavyweight prospect Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, 9-0 with nine knockouts, Brooklyn, New York. In a Real Combat Media interview exclusive, Ochieng talked about his big win, and what he’ll do to Miller, whose 9-0 record Ochieng describes as padded.
Real Combat Media: “you knocked out 36-1 heavyweight David Rodriguez in 97 seconds, ending his career in his hometown (Rodriguez immediately announced his retirement). How does it feel?”
King Kong Ochieng: “It was a big win, to win a bout in his hometown. Yeah, it felt good.”
Real Combat Media: “You successfully knocked out the knockout artist. How did you do it?”
King Kong Ochieng: “I just caught him sleeping. I’m not taking anything away from him. Anybody who steps in the ring knows the business, and knows what they are getting into. I just went for it (the immediate knockout) and caught him.”
Reader’s Note: Ochieng knocked down Rodriguez three times. One time was ruled a slip, the other two were ruled knockdowns. Upon the second knockdown, and Rodriguez on all fours and not getting up, referee Robert Velez ended the contest.”
Real Combat Media: “What sort of a bout are you looking for next with your WBC regional title belt? Brooklyn has a great rising heavyweight prospect named Jarrell Miller.”
King Kong Ochieng: “I’m looking for a 10 round fight for my World Boxing Council belt. Anybody can fight for it. Jarrell Miller? We can do the bout. Why not? I don’t know ‘Big Baby’, I haven’t seen him-but I’m looking for action. I’m looking for at least a 10 round bout.If the dude is good, why not? My WBC belt would be on the table.”
Real Combat Media: You and Miller are the same height at 6’ 4”. You weigh 237 pounds to Miller’s 263 pounds. Would the weight be a factor in a bout between you and Miller?”
King Kong Ochieng: “Less weight, more speed. I have great speed and great legs. I am much faster than most heavyweights. Plus this guy Miller is 9-0 but he’s got people taking care of him (protecting his record). Nobody is taking care of me. I want him inside the ropes! Rodriguez felt my power from the first jab, and I put him there (on the canvas).”
Real Combat Media: “How would your power perform against Jarrell Miller? Can you beat Miller?”
King Kong Ochieng: “Absolutely! I will take Miller to the canvas. Low gravity. Miller is going.”
There’s an old childhood insult of a rhyme in Americana lore: baby, baby, stick your head in gravy, wash it off with bubble gum and send it to the navy. Precisely who will make gravy out of whom remains to be seen in anOchieng versus Miller confrontation, but after Ochieng made good in his last bout, the boastful challenge cannot be overlooked.