Kenya’s David “DK” Kamau fought the USA’s Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight title on 14 June 1997 in Alamodome, Texas, USA. De La Hoya retained his title with a second round knockout of Kamau.
“DK”, who now resides in Ventura, California, USA, was born on 4 August 1965 in Nakuru, Kenya.
He was part of the famed Kenyan national team, “The Hit Squad” which won 8 gold medals at the 1987 All Africa Games hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from 1st to 12th August. Kamau won gold in the light welterweight category with a win over Ethiopia’s Tewodros Michiku.
He took part in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, falling in the second round to Sodnomdarjaagiin Altansükh of Mongolia.
Kamau turned professional in the USA in 1990, winning 11 of his first 12 fights by knockout.
“DK”continued to rack up the wins as he built his reputation. He won the USA California State Super Lightweight title with a knockout win over Martin Quiroz at the Civic Auditorium in San Antonio on 11 April 1991.
A unanimous decision victory over Tim Brooks on 11 January 1993 saw Kamau crowned the World Boxing Board (WBB) Super Lightweight champ.
He defended this title six times as he grew in stature and rose up the ranks, eventually earning a shot at the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight title against Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez . Kamau went into this bout with a 25-0 record but lost by way of a unanimous decision at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 16 September 1995.
Kamau would move up the weight categories, losing to De La Hoya in a WBC Welterweight title fight on 14 June 1997.
He then won the World Boxing Organization North American Welterweight title after punishing Edgar Ruiz into retirement in their bout at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada,USA on 24 July 1999 before making one successful defense of the title with a unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Lizaragga on 25 September the same year.
Kamau relinquished the title after being TKO’d by Antonio Margarito on 16 June 2000 in what was his last outing in the ring.
He retired from professional boxing aged 34 having amassed a record of 30 wins and 4 defeats. 22 of his wins were by knockout.