Shakur Stevenson stayed true to his words as he delivered a one-sided performance at The Theater inside the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas on Saturday, rolling past Namibian knockout artist – Jeremiah Nakathila via unanimous decision [120-107, 3x] to win the vacant WBO interim junior lightweight world title.
Nakathila [21-2, 17 KOs] had the height and reach advantage but little else to trouble Stevenson (16-0, 8 KOs), a former featherweight world champion looking to conquer a second weight division.
Stevenson knocked down Nakathila with a lightning-fast right hook in the fourth round, and the one-way traffic continued into the second half of the fight.
The knockout did not come, and Stevenson had to settle for the one-sided decision. With Nakathila out of the way, he has bigger names in mind.
“To be honest, I didn’t really like my performance. I felt I could’ve performed a lot better, but it was an awkward fighter,” Stevenson said after the fight.
“You had an awkward fighter throwing hard punches, and he knows how to grab and get away. He was a real awkward fighter. That’s all.”
“I tried to [get him out of there] a little bit, but I started getting hit with some solid shots. I ain’t really like it, but next time I’m going to work on moving my head a little bit more and step it up a little more.”
“If I had the choice, I’d take Oscar Valdez, but if I had to beat up Jamel [Herring] to get to it, I’ll do that, too.”