Jeremiah Nakathila is counting the hours to the biggest moment of his professional boxing career. It happens this coming Saturday evening when the super featherweight contender challenges unbeaten Shakur Stevenson on a card promoted by Top Rank at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The participants are fighting for the interim WBO title, and the winner is guaranteed a shot at the championship that belongs to Jamel Herring.
The hard-hitting Nakathila (21-1, 17 KOs), despite being a 50 to 1 underdog by some bookies, is confident he will turn the odds against his unbeaten opponent.
“The camp was great, and I am in great shape. I am confident of a win either by knockout or any other way, but I will not leave that ring without a victory. I will become Namibia’s fifth world champion and continue my country’s great tradition of winning world titles,” said the Namibian fighter to BoxingScene.com recently.
For Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs), a victory against Nakathila would pave the way to a world title shot in his second division following a short run as a WBO titlist at featherweight. The American made sure he is well-prepared, but also has his eyes on bigger and better fights to come at 130 pounds.
“The least he can do is to be confident because he will definitely need that self-confidence to get him through a few rounds in this fight,” described Nakathila.
“Look Stevenson is a good boxer. I think he was lucky to become world champion without minimal effort at featherweight, but he is here now, and I need to take care of business with him.”
Fighting in abroad is never easy for any fighter. Namibian businessman Nestor Tobias, who is promoting Nakathila, has had his shares of controversies in the past and he would love to see his fighter describing his fate by his own knuckles this time.
“We are aware not to leave the decision in the hands of the judges because you could easily recall what happened between [Raymundo] Beltran vs Paulus Moses where we clearly won the fight and Beltran walked away with the belt. [Walter] Kautondokwa vs [Demetrius] Andrade, a clash of legs in the first round, Kautondokwa fell on his knees and Andrade knocked him with all he got which should have been a clear disqualification. This time we will take our victory in our own hands and leave no room for interpretation,” said Tobias to BoxingScene.com.
“Stevenson has never fought the kind of opposition like Nakathila, and we really hope he is prepared coming into this fight because we do not want any excuses. We are fully conscious of the task that lies ahead, which is to demolish Stevenson.”
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