Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas - For the WBO's interim-super featherweight title, Shakur Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs) dominated Jeremiah Nakathila (21-2, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds to secure a lopsided unanimous decision. The scores were 120-107 across the board.
Stevenson is now in line to fight full WBO champion Jamel Herring, who was ringside to watch the fight.
The contest, for the most part, was a technical boxing match with Stevenson using his skills and movement to control the action.
Stevenson was able to land a lot of accurate shots and there wasn't much coming from Nakathila, who was missing the majority of anything he threw.
Stevenson scored a knockdown in the fourth round, but was never willing to mount a heavy amount of offense to get Nakathila out of there.
Each round played out in the exact same manner, with Stevenson outboxing his opponent.
In the aftermath, Stevenson admitted that he wasn't pleased with his performance, but also explained that he placed himself in danger whenever he tried to open up against Nakathila.
“To be honest, I didn’t really like my performance. I felt I could’ve performed a lot better, but it was an awkward fighter. You had an awkward fighter throwing hard punches, and he knows how to grab and get away. He was a real awkward fighter. That’s all," Stevenson said.
“I tried to [get him out of there] a little bit, but I started getting hit with some solid shots. I ain’t really like it, but next time I’m going to work on moving my head a little bit more and step it up a little more.”