Judgement day for Nakathila
It is now or never for Namibian super-featherweight star Jeremiah Nakathila, who will fight America’s Shakur Stevenson for the WBO interim junior lightweight world title in Las Vegas tomorrow.
11 June 2021 | Sports
Jeremiah ‘Lowkey’ Nakathila returns to action against Shakur Stevenson tomorrow, hoping for a win to secure him a future title fight against another American, Jamal Herring.
Nakathila, who is the underdog in this fight, says he will walk away from the fight a winner because he has waited so long for a title shot.
Without much trash-talking or bragging, the Namibian said he will simply do the job at hand.
“I have an opportunity to introduce myself to the world. Stevenson is a great fighter, he was a champion, the darling of US boxing, but he will, for the very first time, be facing a true African warrior. It will be a fight like none he has ever had to deal with.
“We take nothing away from Stevenson, but this is going to be a hell of a fight till the very end, and we are confident of delivering a sweet victory,” Nakathila said in an interview with Ringtv.
Following great leaders
The 31-year-old power puncher, who is a warrant officer in the Namibian Police, says he will follow in the footsteps of countrymen Harry Simon, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses and Paulus ‘El Jesus’ Ambunda in becoming a world champion.
“I’m ready to unleash yet another great Namibian champion. We know exactly what to expect; my team fought in the US at the very highest level on various occasions, and we have learned one important lesson, which is never to leave the decision in the hands of the judges. Our training camp has been great so far and we are more than ready to do battle.
“We hope you are ready for the fight and we wish you all the best. We don’t trash-talk, we come and do our job, and we leave with the title with smiles on our faces.”
Nakathila has 22 fights in total, with 21 wins and one loss.
‘I will break him’
On the other hand, the 23-year-old Stevenson also wants to win and disagrees with Nakathila’s prediction of an 11th-round knockout, according to Boxingnews.
“I feel like I want to mentally break this dude down. I want to break him. And I want to leave him in the ring broken. I usually do that to everybody else, but I want to do it worse than it usually is. So that’s what I’m looking to show.
“I’m not going to call it, but whatever happens,” said Stevenson.
Stevenson is a master of distance and a victory over Nakathila would make the New Jersey product a two-weight world champion.
"At the end of the day, I know that if I come at my best, there's nobody in the world that can beat me," Stevenson during a recent episode of Top Rank Certified.
Stevenson is undefeated with 15 fights.