Jeremiah Nakathila smoothly assured Thursday to generate a big dismayed Saturday evening.
The unidentified Namibian competitor is extremely positive in his power, a lot that he thinks he’ll knock senseless Shakur Stevenson in their 12-round, 130-pound champion suit. ESPN will certainly telecast their defend the WBO acting junior light-weight title as the centerpiece of a doubleheader from Virgin Hotels Las Las vega (10 p.m. EDT).
“All I know is I can knock out anybody in this 130-pound [division],” Nakathila stated throughout an interview Thursday. “I can destroy anybody in the 130-pound [division]. So, just come Saturday night, you’re gonna see Shakur, how I’m going to destroy him.”
Nakathila has actually won 10 straight spells by ko given that he shed a 12-round bulk choice to Evgeny Chuprakov (after that 16-0) in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Chuprakov’s home town. Stevenson, nevertheless, is without a doubt the most effective challenger of Nakathila’s seven-year professional occupation.
The 31-year-old Nakathila recognizes Stevenson’s qualifications, yet he isn’t the least little bit frightened by the previous WBO featherweight champ and also Olympic silver champion.
“Just come Saturday night,” Nakathila stated, “I’m gonna show this boy how it’s done.”
The 23-year-old Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs) is detailed by the William Hillside sporting activities publication as a 50-1 favored to beat Nakathila (21-1, 17 KOs). Marketer Bob Arum recognizes why the probabilities are so vast, however he has actually discovered throughout almost 60 years in boxing to never ever ignore fighters from Africa.
“I wanna tell everybody out here, because I’ve had tremendous experience, obviously, in boxing, over my career,” Arum stated. “As well as the one point I have actually discovered is never ever take too lightly an African boxer. Since despite the fact that it’s a huge continent and also there’s a great deal of various nations, I bear in mind when individuals like the fantastic Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi, when they came, obscure individuals, and also they provided everyone a run for their cash. As well as a variety of them came to be champs, and also provided the marquee individual a great deal to deal with.
“For example, I remember when I did Ike Quartey against Oscar De La Hoya. A lot of people thought at the end of that fight that Quartey had pulled it out. Oscar got the decision. But African fighters come with a lot of strength, and Jeremiah, I think, will epitomize that. Now, he’s in with a very, very tough task, probably the best young fighter in the world in Shakur Stevenson. But he’s gonna give it a go, and I think it’ll be a very, very exciting fight.”
Prior To Stevenson comes across Nakathila, ESPN will certainly broadcast a 10-round junior welterweight round in between Puerto Rico’s Jose Pedraza (28-3, 13 KOs) and also Julian Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), of Hasbrouck Levels, New Jacket.
Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.