Fighter of the Week: Jeremia Nakathila

Saturday night at the Resorts World in Las Vegas, Nevada, was supposed to be the Miguel Berchelt show. Berchelt was supposed to redeem himself, bounce back from the Valdez loss and score a brutal beatdown of an outmatched opponent and establish himself as another threat in the absolutely loaded 135-pound division. “Low Key” Jeremia Nakathila, of Windhoek, Namibia, low key, did not get that message and refused to cooperate. A brutal one-sided beatdown has elevated Nakathila from opponent to credible opponent. His sixth-round TKO of “El Alacran” moved his record to 23-3 (19), scored the best win of his professional career, perhaps retired Berchelt, puts himself in the mix for upset of the year award, and captures our Fighter of the Week award.

From the Opening round on Nakathila looked to be the superior fighter scoring with a sharp jab from the outside, consistently beating Bervhelt to the punch and then punishing him and backing his man up with stiff right hands. After putting the first two rounds in the bank things went from to worse for the former world champ and a stiff jab from the Nambian put him to the canvas building the confidence of Nakathila, who punished Berchelt for the remainder of the third and into the fourth. In the fifth Berchelt rallied blasting his opponent with a right hand that caught his attention and then following up with his signature relentless pressure. However Low Key had a big moment late in the round with a big right hand that again hurt the former super featherweight champ. The momentum carried into the sixth as the Nambian closed the show unloading a barrage of power shots and one particularly thudding right hand knocked an extremely fatigued Berchelt’s mouthpiece out. It was symbolic of the end for Berchelt and at the end of round six, the corner of Berchelt did just that and informed the ref the fight was over. Giving Nakathila the sixth round TKO victory.

Nakathila, had previously stepped up on two other occasions. He lost wide to Shakur Stevenson in 2021 and dropped a decision in Russia to hometown fighter  Evgeny Chuprakov for a regional WBO title. He was viewed as simply an opponent a tough guy who would offer some resistance as the world was impressed with fan favorite, Bervhelt. Nakathila, absolutely flipped the script and didn’t just beat the betting favorite, but put on a masterclass performance and absolutely beat down Berchelt. He now enters the discussion at 135-pound a very star-studded lucrative division. His name will be in discussions with Richard Comment, Vasyl Lomachenko perhaps names like Joseph Diaz or Gustavo Lemos, a win over a name like that will elevate the Namibian to a fight with the undisputed lightweight champ when that is decided between Devin Haney and George Kambosos.

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