Desert Storm makes US debut against Avelar

By Michael Uugwanga

THE unbeaten Namibian featherweight boxer Lukas ‘Desert Storm’ Sakaria will step inside the ring for the first time this year when he faces Mexican boxer Isaac Avelar in a non-title bout scheduled for 10 rounds, as one of the main undercards to the Errol Spencer vs Danny Garcia unified welterweight world title fight in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.

Sakaria’s promoter Scott Patrick Farrel in an interview with Confidente Sports Desk ahead of the fight has said that the winner of this fight will be guaranteed a world title shot next year.

Farrel of Global Boxing Stars promotions also said that he is confident that his boxer will emerge victorious even though he is very much aware that no Namibian has won a competitive fight in the USA, something he said he could change.

Sakaria (36) heads into the fight with an impressive record of 23 fights and winning all the fights, while his opponent aged 23, has a record of 18 fights of which he has lost two and was first initially scheduled to fight Miguel Flores before that fight was called off.

“This is a none-title fight over 10 rounds but the winner will improve their ranking in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO). If Sakaria is successful and beats Avelar he will then have a title shot for the world featherweight title. I have that guaranteed.

“I sent Sakaria to Alabama, USA over six weeks ago to train at the famous Deontay Wilder training camp. He is in fantastic shape and has dominated numerous highly ranked American sparring partners. He has never been better prepared to fight.

“This fight is as important as it will be his USA debut as one of the main undercard fights on the Errol Spence vs. Danny Garcia world title fight; live on Fox PBC one of the biggest promoters in the world owned by Hal Haymon,” said Farrel.

Sakaria was set to fight Jessie Magdaleno of the USA before the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak for a world title eliminator and is currently being trained by Imms Immanuel, who happens to be the trainer of Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo.

Although, Farrel is aware of the threat that the Mexican boxer could pose to the Namibian, he however believes that Sakaria will be too strong for Avelar.

“Avelar is a good boxer and comes to fight. However, I believe Sakaria has too much power for Avelar and I say now exclusively to you that Sakaria will knock out or stop him before or within eight rounds. Sakaria has a huge opportunity now to show the world he deserves to be amongst the very best. It is my goal to make numerous world champions from the land of the brave and I see Sakaria being the next one to be crowned,” he said.