Shakur Stevenson dominates Jeremiah Nakathila to score shutout unanimous decision win in Las Vegas

The American earned three scores of 120-107 to win the vacant WBO interim super-featherweight title.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Shakur Stevenson improves to 16-0

Shakur Stevenson proved too slick for Jeremiah Nakathila as he cruised his way to the vacant WBO interim super-featherweight title in Las Vegas.

The undefeated 23-year-old dominated his Namibian counterpart from the off, dropping his man in the fourth, en route to a convincing unanimous decision verdict via three scores of 120-107.

After a patient opening few rounds, Stevenson picked up the pace and soon got into his rhythm, finding the target with a sharp right up close as Nakathila quickly recoiled into a shell.

Shakur Stevenson hits Jeremiah Nakathila, of Namibia, in a WBO interim junior lightweight title fight Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Image: Stevenson hits Jeremiah Nakathila

Unsurprisingly, it was the lightning right that then sent him down in the fourth, the Namibian tasting the canvas after walking onto a flash shot, his younger adversary gleefully smiling in the corner as if sensing an early finish.

Despite a tidy array of work to follow, the blockbuster ending never did quite materialise, however, the Newark southpaw content to cautiously score single punches, perhaps wary of his counterpart's knockout-heavy record.

A rapid flurry in the eighth momentarily saw some ringside spectators edge out of their seats but a null ninth swiftly restored order - this fight seemed destined the scorecards.

The Windhoek native briefly touched down for a second time in the final three minutes, but referee Celestino Ruiz ruled this one a slip, the 31-year old able to rally and hear the final bell.

Also See:

Earlier in the night, Jose Pedraza broke down and stopped Julian Rodriguez after eight rounds of action, the Puerto Rican boxing well to edge closer to a super-lightweight world title shot.

Around Sky