Shakur Stevenson Defeats Jeremiah Nakathila but Disappoints with His Performance

Published 06/13/2021, 12:13 AM EDT


‘Fearless’ Shakur Stevenson successfully grabbed the WBO (Interim) 130 lbs belt by outworking Jeremiah Nakathila throughout the 12-rounds of their headlining collision. While many had predicted that we would see a stoppage victory from Stevenson, the 23-year-old pulled off a tactical display and went the distance.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

That said, Shakur Stevenson appeared flawless tonight. Despite competing for over 30 minutes against Nakathila, he didn’t let his African rival plant a power shot. Starting from range, pace, and distance, Stevenson dictated all of it, turning 16-0 in his professional career. However, Jeremiah Nakathila also deserves some credit for dancing around with one of the best young prospects in the sport.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As both men appeared to have prioritized a safe game plan rather than throwing haymakers, Stevenson could plant a few power shots. In rounds three, four, and five, he cracked up Jeremiah Nakathila and also put him down. However, that wasn’t enough to secure a stoppage win, and ‘Low Key’ kept coming back to the mix.

DIVE DEEPER

‘I Saw a Different Tyron’: Jake Paul Details Private Face-Off with Tyron Woodley

about 2 months ago

Shakur Stevenson vs Jeremiah Nakathila- Was it a worthy battle?

On a PPV level, Stevenson vs Nakathila was competing against the UFC 263. Hence, the viewership was harshly split between the two sports. Although traditional boxing fans watched Stevenson’s fight, the boxer could have delivered more to the display.

While ‘Fearless’ attained a rightful win under his name, it didn’t take him to the new heights of stardom. Furthermore, it can garner criticism from fellow boxers at the 130 lbs roster. Nevertheless. he is still the winner and can be a legitimate threat to all the other boxers in the respective weight class.

After the fight, ‘Fearless‘ took to social media and apologized to his fans. He seemed aware of the loopholes in his performance and didn’t shy away from addressing that in front of the world. Here’s a look at his tweet.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The next move for Stevenson will be very important. If he goes against the absolute best punchers in the division, ‘Fearless’ can not afford to unveil a similar game plan to the one he used tonight against Jeremiah Nakathila.

What do you make of Shakur Stevenson’s win tonight?

DIVE DEEPER

INSANE! George Kambosos Jr. Opens Up on His Grueling 7000 Sit-Ups a Day Workout

about 2 months ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Raj Sarkar

2090 articles

A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

essentiallysports's Stories