… Dedicates WBO Africa title defence to newborn son
By John Tuerijama
WORLD Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa super feather weight champion, Jeremiah ‘No Respect’ Nakathila has dedicated his upcoming title defence this Saturday, against Tanzanian boxer Said Chino, to his newborn son.
The excited champion said that he named his firstborn son Matheus Nakathila Junior, after Ipinge Matheus, who was a very close friend of his father, Daniel Nakathila.
Daniel passed away last year.
Speaking to Confidente this week, Nakathila said that he has been training twice a day, with his sparring partner, the current WBO Africa lightweight champion, Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses.
“I have been training twice a day at the Virgin Active gym and at the gym in Katutura. I am well-prepared for the fight against Tanzanian-born Said Chino, who boasts a professional record of 20 fights, 13 wins, five losses and two draws, compared to my record of 13 fights, 12 wins and one loss,” he said.
The soft-spoken Nakathila said that Chino’s record is the least of his worries, as he plans to successfully defend his title at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, during the MTC No Mercy Part 7 boxing tournament this weekend.“I don’t step into the ring to play, I step into the ring to finish the job, and that’s what I intend on doing on Saturday,” Nakathila said.
“I will destroy him, and I have dedicated the fight to my only son Matheus, who is barely a week old.” Asked about his ‘No Respect’ nickname, the boxer said that he was given the name by his former trainer Tobias Nashilongo, because when he sparred with more senior boxers, he had little or no respect for them.
“I am a destroyer, and even though I was small physically, I had the heart and the will to upset them, when training, so that is why I was nicknamed ‘No Respect’ by my former trainer,” said Nakathila. Asked about his boxing career, he said that he was a bully at school, while in Grade 10, but when he later enrolled at the Nuuyoma Senior Secondary School at Oshikuku in the Omusati region, he was one of the pioneers that established the boxing club at the school.
“I was challenging everyone, including the bigger guys. Yes, boxing is in my blood, but one has to be disciplined. Life is really a struggle, and I had to make boxing my living, and there is no way I will jeopardise my career,” said Nakathila.
Asked about his future plans, should he beat Chino, he said that all depends on his promoter, Nestor Tobias.
MTC No Mercy Part 7 will feature 10 fights, which will be headlined by Moses and current WBO Africa featherweight champion, Sackaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas.
Moses takes on Tanzanian boxer Saidi Mundi, while Lukas, who has an impressive record of 19 fights and 19 wins, will defend his title against Mudde Ntambi Rabisa from Uganda.
Moses’ professional record stands at 43 fights, with 39 wins, three losses and one ‘no contest’ result. His challenger’s record is 23 fights, 19 wins, three losses and one draw.
General tickets cost N$200 per person, while a VIP table that seats ten costs N$10 000
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