Who: Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila
What: WBO World Featherweight (interim) Title
When: June 12
The place: Las Vegas/ESPN
On June 12, reside on ESPN, considered one of boxing’s most gifted younger fighters will return to the ring for his first bout of the yr to doubtlessly seize his 2nd world title in his sixteenth bout. Spectacular stuff to say the least.
Stay from the Virgin Resort, Las Vegas, Shakur Stevenson (15-0, 8 KO’s) will battle Jeremiah Nakathila (21-1, 17 KO’s) for the (interim) world WBO tremendous featherweight title. Each fighters come into the bout off of comparable schedules with each fighters getting into the ring twice in 2020, this being the primary bout of 2021 for every of them. Nevertheless, that’s the place the profession similarities finish.
Newark, New Jersey’s Stevenson turned professional in 2017 and has been good in 15 outings thus far. He had a Continental Americas title by his tenth bout, beat future world title challenger Christopher Diaz in his eleventh bout and was a world champion by his thirteenth battle. He then took 2 fights on the tremendous featherweight restrict in 2020 and now goes for his 2nd world title strap in his sixteenth bout. Briefly, it is a very gifted fighter who’s transferring quick, banking wins and scooping up titles alongside the way in which.
In Nambia’s Nakathila, we now have a fighter who has spectacular numbers on paper however there are questions round what he can deliver to a fighter as gifted because the sharp capturing Stevenson. Nakathila has solely fought as soon as out of his residence nation and was stopped, by then 16-0 Evgeny Chuprakov in Russia. In equity, it’s arduous to gauge that bout as one decide had it shut, one decide gave each spherical to Russia’s Chuprakov and one decide had it even. Have been all of them watching the identical bout? Whereas that has been the one loss for Nakathila, it’s notable that 2 fights in the past he beat a fighter who was 8-6 (who had misplaced 6 of 8 coming into the bout). That stage of competitors doesn’t bode properly in making ready for a step as much as the likes of Shakur Stevenson.
Nevertheless, numbers may be deceiving and there could also be extra to Nakathila than his file may lead one to imagine. In searching for some positives right here, he does have 17 stoppages in 21 fights and energy could be a pal towards a gifted boxer like Stevenson. In case you can hold Shakur considerably respectful of your energy this may assist to maintain him in additional of a defensive posture, permitting Nakathila the chance to press the assault.
With all kinds of gifted fighters in and round this weight class like Mexico’s Emanuel Navarette, American Jamel Herring, Britain’s Archie Sharp, Mexico’s Oscar Valdez and others, there are some nice alternatives for the winner right here. And, whereas expertise and expertise would lead one to go along with Stevenson, don’t strive telling that to Nakathila.
In a latest interview Nakathila boldly said, “I can tackle Stevenson anytime and any day, he is likely to be a lot youthful however positively no more gifted and highly effective than me.”
There’s nothing on paper that will assist to substantiate that daring prediction by Nakathila however it’s important to like what’s both confidence or his skill to promote himself. Both approach – of us, we now have a battle!
Prediction: Stevenson by UD or late stoppage.