Nakathila sets sights on Garcia

28 Jan 2019 17:40pm
REHOBOTH, 28 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibian boxer and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO)’s third-ranked contender in the lightweight category, Jeremia ‘Low Key’ Nakathila, has set his sights on fighting American boxer and top-ranked contender, Ryan Garcia from the United States of America.
According to a statement availed to Nampa on Monday, Nakathila’s promoter and trainer, Nestor Tobias said he is pushing for a fight between the two pugilists.
“We hope that we will get approval for that fight to be declared as a final world title eliminator. This will of course be a big fight because Garcia is tipped to become boxing’s next superstar, but Nakathila will be ready to eliminate him to get a title shot with current world champion Masayuki Ito,” Tobias said in the statement.
In a separate interview on Monday, Tobias said he is in talks with the WBO to have the fight take place within the next six months.
“We want to have the fight within the next six months as our boxer is currently in the gym in anticipation of the fight against Garcia. This will be an incredible year for him with big fights,' Tobias said.
On his part Nakathila said he is ready to step up the ranks as this year will be eventful for him.
“I have defended my title on five occasions and it is getting boring now so I need a new challenge that I am willing to take on any time. It is now time for me to step up to the next division and show my mettle there,” he boasted.
Nakathila boasts a record of 18 fights with 17 wins, 13 by way of knockout, and one loss, while the 20-year-old Garcia boasts a record of 17 wins from as many fights with 14 of them coming by way of knockout.