Nakathila, from cattle herder to top boxer

By Michael Uugwanga

NAMIBIAN professional boxer Jeremiah ‘Low-Key’ Nakathila has had an incredible journey to the top of boxing, a far cry from his humble beginnings as a cattle herder.
Nakathila has a shot at becoming a world champion when he takes on American sensation Shakur Stevenson on June 12 for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Interim Super Featherweight title in Las Vegas.
Nakathila is also on course to become the fifth Namibian boxer to win a world title after champions Harry Simon, Paulus Moses, Paulus Ambunda and Julius Indongo.
Born 31 years ago at Ehunda Village in Uukolonkadhi, Nakathila gave an encounter of his boxing journey.
“I remember very well it was in 2008 I was 18 years in grade 12 at Nujoma Secondary School (Omusati region). At school we did not have boxing at the time and one day I took up the matter with the school board … but that did not materialise. I was just a village boy at the time.
“However, every time I went home from school I would organise fights against other kids,” said Nakathila.
His boxing journey started when he came to the capital for better opportunities after realising that boxing could change his life and today he is regarded as one of the world’s best pound-to-pound boxers in his weight division.
“I came to Windhoek in 2009 and joined Tobias Nashilongo Boxing Gym (formerly known as Soweto Boxing Club before it was renamed to MTC Salute Boxing Academy), so that is where the real boxing started. Nashilongo and Eliphas Namundjebo on my first day they gave me an opponent for sparring but after seeing me dominating the guy they were so surprised, and that’s when Nashilongo said I was going to be tough boxer.
“The same year I was then selected for the Khomas team. At end of 2009 I was then selected for the national team and won all the national championships I participated in an amateur level.”
Today, he has won everything except the world title which he will need to be at the top of his game if he is to go and do the job that no Namibian boxer has achieved, and that is to win a world title in the US.
Nakathila has 22 fights, 21 wins and one defeat, while Stevenson (23) has won all his 15 fights since turning professional.
Nakathila is being trained by Siegfried ‘SBK’ Kaperu, Nicky Natangwe and by his promoter Nestor Tobias at the MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Fitness and Boxing Academy.
“When I am in a fight I go full out. Winning the world title is all about inspiring upcoming athletes that you can come from nowhere and become the best. This is my dream fight. I am on my way to break that record. I am preparing hard to win the world title against Stevenson,” he said.
The winner of this fight will have the opportunity to fight against champions like American Jamel Herring and Mexican great Oscar Valdez.