28 May 2019 15:50pm
RUNDU, 28 MAY (NAMPA) - Current junior lightweight World Boxing Organisation (WBO) African champion, Jeremiah Low Key Nakathila has called out American boxer and current WBO Lightweight world champion, Jamel Herring, for a world title fight.
In an interview with Nampa on Monday, Nakathila called out the American boxer, saying his focus is to challenge a world champion.
Herring was crowned the new WBO Lightweight world champion after he defeated Japanese boxer Masayuki Ito at Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee in the United States of America on Saturday.
Nakathila said he has been in the gym training since his last fight, where he defeated Hungarys Zoltan Kovacs in the capital on 20 April 2019, pointing out that he has been fit and ready, and was just waiting for the results between Herring and Ito to challenge the winner between the two boxers.
I am ready and I have been training very hard. My focus is on a world title now and I am ready to dethrone Herring, he said.
Nestor Tobias, the promoter of the MTC Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy, to which Nakathila is signed, said in a statement on Monday that Nakathila has a big heart, which will not only propel him to defeat Herring to become the new world champion but will also enable him to defend the title at least three times.
I have produced many world champions before and I can tell you this boy is the real deal. I have read Herrings story, a very emotional one indeed, but now the man from the US Marines will have to face the man from the Namibian Police [Force], said Tobias.
Nakathila is currently rated number two by the WBO and boasts a record of 19 fights with one loss against Russian Evgeny Chuprakov in 2016, while Herring boasts a record of 21 fights, 19 wins (with 10 coming by way of knockout) and two losses.