Nakathila off to Russia to fight Chuprakov


Undefeated World Boxing (WBO) Africa Super Featherweight Champion Jeremiah “No Respect” Nakathila and his team left for Ekaterinburg, Russia on Monday for what he said is the biggest fight of his life so far.

Information made available by the Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy on Tuesday indicates that Nakathila was accompanied by Nestor Tobias, who is his promoter, and trainer Tobias Nashilongo.

Nakathila will fight Evgeny “Happy Gilmore” Chuprakov who is the current WBO European Champion for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight Title on Friday.

Speaking before their departure, Tobias said: “We are well aware that we will face a very hostile crowd in Russia, but the boy has a big heart and will certainly do us proud on the night.”

The fight will be televised live on Russian television.

This will be Nakathila’s first fight outside Namibia and if he wins it, he will be guaranteed another fight in Russia.

The Namibian boxer is currently rated number 13 on the WBO World Boxing Rankings and his last two fights were technical knockout (TKO) wins.

Chuprakov's last fight was also a win by TKO.

Nakathila comes into this fight having fought 11 times, with 11 wins. His last fight was against Jasper Seroka of South Africa, who he beat in a knockout after 57 seconds in the eighth round.

Chuprakov comes into the fight with an impressive scorecard of 16 fights and 16 wins. In his last fight, he beat Sebastian Tlatlik in the second round, also in a TKO.

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