Namibia’s top junior lightweight boxer, Jeremiah ‘Low Key’ Nakathila, is yearning for a fight against Ryan Garcia from the United States, who is regarded as one of the best junior lightweight boxers in the world.
Nakathila’s promoter, Nestor Tobias, is said to be in talks with the Garcia camp for a potential title eliminator fight that will see the winner fighting for a world title against Masayuki Ito.
The 2016 Prospect of the Year, according to ESPN, Garcia (20) boasts of a record of 17 wins from 17 fights, with 14 of the victories coming by way of knockout.
The Namibian hotshot (29) has a record of 17 wins and one loss, with 13 of the victories coming by knockout.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, a confident Nakathila, who ended 2018 with a bang when he defended his WBO Africa Super-Featherweight title in December against Prince Dlomo of South Africa in Cape Town, regarded himself as the best boxer in the division.
“I can beat anyone in this division. I regard myself as the best boxer in the division. All I want is for this fight to take place so that I show the world what I am made of,” Nakathila said.
In 2016, Nakathila lost to Evgeny Chuprakov of Russia in DIVS, Ekaterinburg for the then vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title which could have opened for him early doors for a world title shot.
“In that fight I was not mentally fit as I was not fully prepared for the fight. If I was to fight him again (Chuprakov), I would surely knock him out today. I can say that I am a better fighter now than before,” Nakathila said.
Tobias told the media in a statement on Monday that he is working tirelessly to make sure that the fight against Garcia happens.
“We are pushing for a fight between Nakathila vs Garcia and 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 super star, but Nakathila will be ready to eliminate him to get a title shot with current world champion Ito,” Tobias said.