HomeBoxing NewsShakur Stevenson Drops And Dominates Jeremiah Nakathila, Wins WBO Title
Shakur Stevenson Drops And Dominates Jeremiah Nakathila, Wins WBO Title
June 13, 2021
Shakur Stevenson was able to win a title in his second weight class after a staging a masterful performance, flooring Jeremiah Nakathila in the fourth round and going on to win a wide decision on Saturday night at the The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The New Jersey native totally out-boxed the unknown Namibia native, dropping him late in the fourth, despite being very reluctant to engage to earn his third decision in four fight on all three judges scorecards Max De Luca, Lisa Giampa and Dave Moretti (120 -107).
The undefeated southpaw avoided getting caught with Nakathila’s right all night but was easily able to pile up points as the later had little skill and lacked balance.
“To be honest, I didn’t really like my performance,” Stevenson said. “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.”
Nakathila came into the fight with one loss in 22 professional fights and had knocked out his last 10 opponents before facing Stevenson but had never faced anyone on Stevenson’s level. Stevenson also knew that facing a knockout artist in a higher weight class could also end quick for him. Hence his tactics, which drew a lot of criticism from former Junior welterweight and Welterweight Champion Tim Bradley.
“I tried to [knock out Nakathila] a little bit, but I started getting hit with some solid shots,” Stevenson said. “I ain’t really like it, but next time I’m gonna work on moving my head a little bit more and step it up a little more.”
Stevenson pick up the WBO interim Junior Lightweight title with the win, which according to him before the fight will lead to a unification with the sanctioning body’s world champion Jermel Herring later in the year.