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Akondaye Fountain
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5'6" middleweight/super middleweight Akondaye Fountain was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 12, 1972. She now lives in Houston, Texas and trains at Savannah Boxing Gym with Hylon “Cedric” Williams, who also trained two-time world champion Valerie Mahfood.

Akondaye has been a spirited athlete her entire life.  From elementary school through Senior high school she excelled in track and field, soccer and basketball.  While earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology Akondaye’s competitive determination and drive led her on to compete at the collegiate level as a heptathlete on the track team at Texas Southern University.   Her fervor for competition continued after graduating from TSU as she began training for body building and fitness competitions.

Competing in the Nationals as a fitness competitor in 1999 and 2000 Akondaye again sought a balance between brain and brawn and went on to obtain her Master of Science degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Counseling.  After achieving her Master’s degree Akondaye still felt the need to compete and challenge herself, so she trained and competed in a triathlon in 2001, after which a friend in the fitness circle stirred her to the sport of boxing.   

"As a child, I definitely didn't think about being a boxer," says Fountain.  "I'm not, by nature, aggressive. If anything I'm passive, even in the ring sometimes. But everybody has a dark side, and mine comes out in a fight, where it's allowed to."

She began boxing as an amateur in 2003, notching a 3-1 (2 KO) record with trainer Jose Vasquez. She was Texas Games champion in Bedford, Texas in July 2003, Ringside national runner-up to Laura Ramsey in Kansas City, Missouri in August 2003 and Silver Gloves champion in Houston in September 2003.

Akondaye made her pro boxing debut on March 19, 2004 at the International Ballroom Arena in Houston, Texas, weighting in at 157˝ lbs and winning a four-round 40-36, 40-36, 38-38 majority decision over Alicia Collins (158ľ lbs) of Killeen, Texas, who was also making her pro debut.

On May 7, 2004 at the International Ballroom in Houston, Texas, Akondaye (158 lbs) won a four round unanimous (40-36) decision over Trini Guzmán (165˝ lbs). According to a ringside correspondent "Akondaye Fountain improved to 2-0 after blistering and dominating the slower and more plodding Trini 'La Traviesa' Guzmán in their four rounder. Fountain seemed to do what she wanted when she wanted to. Although both women did box, there were some moments when Guzmán did pawing and slapping than punching." 

On November 4, 2004 at SBC Center in San Antonio, Texas Akondaye (161 lbs) TKO'd Trini Guzmán (169 lbs) of Houston at the end of the first round of a scheduled four-rounder. Fountain had knocked Guzmán down and Trini retired in her corner between rounds. Fountain was now 3-0 (1 KO), while Guzmán fell to 1-3 (0 KO) with her second straight loss to Fountain.

On January 21, 2005 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, on an ESPN2 card in front of a sellout crowd of 3300 Akondaye (168 lbs) won by a TKO at 0:32 in the third round over pro debuter Crystal Davis (175 lbs) of Midland, Texas.


Akondaye trades with Shelly Burton in March 2005
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On March 26, 2005 at Harrah’s in Laughlin, Nevada, Akondaye (153˝ lbs) won by a TKO at 1:29 in the seventh round over Shelley Burton (154 lbs) of Kalispell, Montana. Burton pressed the fight in this scheduled eight-rounder but she kept getting caught with left and right counters. It was a fight decided by Fountain's ability to slip and counter and by her stronger punching power.  Fountain staggered Burton with big right hands in the second and again in the third. Burton gathered herself and fought on even terms through a fast and furious fourth and fifth rounds but Fountain had a huge sixth round, teeing off on Burton with big shots to the head, snapping her head back in a disturbing fashion. Referee Robert Byrd warned Burton between rounds that he would stop the fight if she took any more clean punches. In the seventh, Burton appeared to take these words to heart and rushed Fountain with a barrage of punches that caught Akondaye off-guard and backed her up at first.  But then Akondaye began to trade bombs with her and Burton tired. After Akondaye landed two clean shots in a row to Burton's head, Byrd stopped the fight, to the crowd's evident displeasure. Akondaye improved to 5-0 (3 KOs) with this impressive win while the very game Shelly Burton dropped to 6-2 (1 KO).

For more of Mary Ann Owen's photos of this March 2005 fight card, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #249 on the WBAN Records Member site.

On September 17, 2005 at The Pavilion at Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana, Akondaye (160 lbs) won a four-round split (40-36,39-37,37-39) decision over Veronica Rucker (162˝ lbs) of Cleveland, Ohio. For photos of this bout see Photo Gallery #290 on the WBAN Records Member Site. Akondaye improved to 6-0 (3 KOs) with this win while Rucker fell to 1-3-1 (1 KO).


Akondaye after stopping Veronica Rucker
© Copyrighted photograph taken by J & P Photographers

On January 21, 2006 at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana,  Akondaye (157 lbs) made it a short night with late  replacement Veronica Rucker (161 lbs), when Rucker was stopped in the first round.  For more photos and video of this bout by J & P Photography, see WBAN Photo Gallery #320 on the WBAN Records Member Site.

On June 30,  2007 in El Paso, Texas, Akondaye (168Ľ lbs) and Kathy Rivers (170˝ lbs)  fought to a four-round majority draw. The two fought hard, and both were coming back after being out of the ring for awhile. Final judges scores were 38-38, 38-38, 40-36.  Rivers moved her pro record to 14-5-3 (5 KOs).

On December 15, 2007 at the Anhalt Arena in  Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany,  Natascha Ragosina (167Ľ lbs) of Magdeburg, Germany used her six-inch height advantage to good effect and won a 10-round unanimous decision over Akondaye (163ľ lbs) for the WIBF, WIBA, GBU, WBA, and the Interim WBC Super Middleweight titles.  The Khazakstan-born Ragosina, a former world amateur champion, improved her record to 15-0-0 (11 KOs) while Fountain suffered her first pro loss.

On November 7, 2008 at Sichuan Gymnasium in Chengdu, China
Yanan Wang (157 lbs) of China won a 10-round unanimous (
95-94,97-92,98- 91) decision over Akondaye (158˝ lbs)  for the WBC and WIBA Middleweight titles. According to WBAN correspondent Zhenyu Li, Wang "got off on the wrong foot, being outboxed and absorbing hard beatings both to her body and her head. By the third round, she was caught by a left hook and hit canvas. Wang barely beat the count, with a painful expression on her face, and survived the round.  Wang made a spectacular sixth as the 35-year-old Fountain faded, landing wicked combinations to the veteran's head. She brought the momentum to the seventh and by the end of the round, Wang had taken the lead in all three judges’ scorecards. "Don't worry. You are taking the lead," Yang shouted in Chinese in between rounds. "Step out, Step out! Only right hand! Knock her out!"  The knockout, which both fighters were gunning for didn't occur, yet it was Wang who kept the pace and controlled the last few rounds till the final sound of the bell."  Wang improved to 9-0 (3 KO's) with the hard-fought win while Fountain fell to 7-2-1 (4 KO's).

"I believe in my athletic ability," says Fountain, "I want to prove I can do this and do it well enough to be champion. I love competing. I've always been involved in competitive sports. Every time I complete one goal, I look for something else."

Akondaye trains under Cedric Williams in the gym of Houston's Willie Savannah — whose 25 years in boxing haven't deterrd him from running a gym that is female-friendly.  "One lady told me she'd called all over, and nobody would take her," said Savannah, who manages WBA world lightweight champion Juan Diaz. "She said they said she'd distract the (male) boxers. I said, 'If that's the case, as far as I'm concerned the male boxers got a problem, not you. You abide by my rules, and you're welcome here.' "

Savannah firmly supports women's boxing. "I think it's great," he said. "I wish there were more girls fighting, because the ones we've got don't get to fight that much. In the Golden Gloves, we had 54 girls enter, but there were only five or six fights because we didn't have the right matchups by weight or age groups."

"What I like about Akondaye," says trainer Williams, "is that she's a diligent worker. You don't have to beg her to run or to do her situps and pushups. She got a late start, but she's catching up. When I was training Valerie for her fights with Laila Ali, Akondaye was one of our sparring partners. That's how we got to know each other. She held her own, gave Valerie all she could handle and actually beat up on her a little one day. Now, Valerie is sparring with her, helping us get ready for our next fight. Akondaye is a world-class fighter already. The world just doesn't know it yet."

"You get Akondaye in close, and she'll come after you," says Mahfood. "She's not afraid of mixing it up. She's got a lot of heart and a lot more ability than most novices."

Fountain admits that she still struggles with maintaining the instinct to punish her opponents, but not when she's sparring with her male sparring partners. "Not many girls can take her punches," trainer Williams said.

"When I box with the guys, I bring it all out," says Akondaye. "I still hold back with the girls. I guess with the guys I feel threatened, whereas there hasn't been a woman yet that made me feel that way. I do OK against men. I injured one of them, bruised his ribs pretty bad."

"Nobody likes to get hit. But in the ring, you don't think about that. You're thinking about moving, looking for opportunities, trying to find a weakness. There's a constant adrenaline rush. I really love the feeling. In other sports, like bodybuilding, it's who you knew and how you looked, very political stuff. In boxing, it's just me."

"I want to be recognized as a great athlete, that's all. But there's so much to learn. I'm growing daily. My movement is improving, my defense. I have a lot of power, a lot of arm strength, but I haven't learned to get behind my punches with my whole body."

Fountain is married with a supportive husband Joseph and a lively daughter Serenity. She works as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital and is working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is managed by Houston entrepreneur and gym owner Keith “Tobias” Scruggs. He can be reached to schedule her appearances or for matchmaking by email at tobias@bonafitness.com or by phone at (281)-384-7644.

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