Namibia: Nakathila Turns Down IBO World Title Shot

8 February 2019

Windhoek — Local top boxing star Jeremiah "Low Key" Nakathila and his promoter Nestor Tobias of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy has turned down an opportunity to fight for the IBO Jnr Lightweight World Title. The fight was scheduled to take place in March this year either in Russia or the USA.

Nakathila is currently ranked number 3 by the World Boxing Organization and has aspirations to fight for the WBO World Title if all goes well this year.

"Yes we were presented with an opportunity to fight for the IBO World Title, but our focus is limited to the top 4 boxing sanctioning bodies only being WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA. In our view these are the only sanctioning bodies taken seriously in the world of boxing and therefore the only legitimate titles, and we are not about to go for any world title just because it's a world title," said Tobias.

"We have been in the boxing business long enough to understand that this sport is a business and if you do not respect it, it will not respect you. Nakathila is rated number 3 now and we will continue to push that he gets a world title shot this year, but we will not take any short cuts. We had an IBO world champion before and that experience taught us valuable lessons which we do not wish to repeat", Tobias added.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: New Era

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.