Nakathila's toughest test draws near

Namibian boxer Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila's capabilities in the ring will be tested starting next month.

06 May 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK



Whether Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila is the king of the super featherweight division will be determined in the next couple of months with interesting competition coming up.

Nakathila will first cross swords with America's Shakur Stevenson in the interim WBO title fight on 12 June in Las Vegas.­

If he manages to cross that hurdle, he will then open another door which will be in the form of a fight with American boxer Jamel Herring.

Herring has decided to defend his WBO super featherweight title after the organisation insisted that he do. This means he can't face WBC champion Oscar Valdez first, as he had hoped.

The 31-year-old Nakathila has been working hard in the gym, focusing on his first obstacle, the 23-year-old Stevenson.



Early warnings

Stevenson said on Twitter that he first has to handle business against Nakathila before thinking about Herring.

Nakathila's promoter, Nestor Tobias of MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Promotions, when asked what the chances are of Nakathila beating Stevenson and meeting Herring, said they would talk about the boxer's fights in due course.



Records speak for

themselves

Nakathila has proven himself to be a hard puncher. He has a record of 22 fights, 21 wins and one loss. His last fight was a WBO global super featherweight title defence against Emmanuel Amos of Tanzania last year on 12 December. Nakathila won by knockout (KO).

Stevenson too fought on the same date last year against Toka Kahn Clary in a 10-round junior lightweight fight. He beat Clary by unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Herring has a total of 25 fights, 11 of them KOs, and two losses. He is coming off a big sixth-round KO victory over Ireland's Carl Frampton on 3 April in Dubai.

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