Shakur Stevenson takes on Jeremiah Nakathila as a massive favorite. Can Nakathila upset Stevenson in Las Vegas?
- Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila goes Saturday, June 12th at 10 PM EST
- Who exits this coming weekend with WBO gold in tow?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila emanates from Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight card broadcasts on ESPN and ESPN+.
The interim WBO world super featherweight championship is on the line, and the hardware is presently vacant.
Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila Odds
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A WBO letter to Stevenson dated to the end of March indicated that WBO titlist Jamel Herring would be mandated to fight the winner of this contest.
As much as there is a belt on the line here, it also provides the winner with a path towards accruing even greater treasures.
Shakur Stevenson’s Rising Star Power
The 23-year-old Stevenson is a former WBO featherweight titlist who is moving up in weight to pursue more WBO gold.
His youth belies the impressive level of skill refinement Shakur Stevenson has at this juncture in his combative career.
His last contest saw him best Toka Khan Clary in December in what amounted to a one-sided drubbing.
The 2016 Olympic silver medalist has many fighters in his proverbial crosshairs in the future including Emanuel Navarrete, Jamel Herring, and Oscar Valdez.
A win over Nakathila needs to be done in an impressive fashion to jettison the rising star towards those kinds of title fights later in the calendar year.
Jeremiah Nakathila’s Chance for Worldwide Glory
Jeremiah Nakathila is well aware of the perception of the pugilistic public that he cannot get this done, but he remains nonplussed.
This is Nakathila’s sophomore bout outside of his native Namibia, and now the warrant officer with the Namibian Police looks to make his name on an international scale.
Nakathila’s last bout was also in December, and he dispatched Emmanuel Amos via knockout.
How does 23-year-old @ShakurStevenson feel he stacks up to a 23-year-old @FloydMayweather?
Here’s how he tells it ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/jF5rzjHJYm
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) June 6, 2021
Despite being unheralded by many in the sweet science space, Jeremiah Nakathila has been ranked pretty highly by the WBO for years now.
Shakur Stevenson is a curiosity stance-wise as he is, what Timothy Bradley would call, an inverted southpaw. Meaning that he is naturally right-handed but favors the southpaw stance and leads with his power hand.
While Nakathila has the superior KO rate, the resumes each man has in terms of quality of opponents look starkly different.
Stevenson vs Nakathila Tale of the Tape
|Jessie Cris Rosales, Felix Caraballo, Joet Gonzalez||Significant Wins||Zoltan Kovacs, Patrick Okine, Emmanuel Amos|
This prizefight is scheduled for twelve rounds, and I think this one gets stopped inside the distance.
While Stevenson doesn’t necessarily have a knockout rate that leaps off the page, I think he realizes the gravity of his situation and the importance of securing an emphatic result here.
I think there’s value in pursuing props on this contest not going the distance, Stevenson winning via TKO or KO, and Stevenson winning between the tenth and twelfth rounds.
I see the latter losing and the former becoming a two-weight world champion when Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila goes down.
Pick: Shakur Stevenson (-10000)
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