Unrestrained world number six junior lightweight champion, Jeremiah “Low Key” Nakathila has disclosed his feelings over the storm rocking his Sunshine Boxing stable, labelling Indongo’s decision to dump the team as not impressing.
The shining boxer, previously ranked ninth in the world within his division, says despite the controversies surrounding his manager which have spilt into the public, he has by no means lost confidence in the academy and in him as a tried and tested promoter.
Says Nakathila, “Looking at this guy, I can not be impressed by the move. He was brought at that level for the people to see him. Other than that, they could not have any interest. He was given a chance.”
“Having been brought to that level, and if this is how he appreciates by leaving the academy or leaving Nestor, I can not be impressed. I am not impressed. Its like your parents try to carter for you and you are at that high level and you say I do not have anything to do with them,” he adds.
Unfazed on his stance and feelings with his senior, Nakathila says the onus is now on him to bounce into the ring and prove that the Sunshine academy still has quality boxers.
But has the boxer been discouraged by the exit of his team’s high profile figures, Ambunda included, a lost court case and a possibly looming one?
“I am not!” he exclaims, “It’s an opportunity for me you know. All the opportunities are on us.”
Jerry has had a perfect 2017 which he finished in great style by flooring South Africa based Sibusiso Zingange whom he stopped in the 6th round to the wild cheers of home ground supporters.
He has fought three fights right across 2017 and won them all by astonishing KOs, thus positioning himself along the perfect path of growth this year.
“2017 was the best year for me. I started and finished it in great fashion all the way, all of them KOs. I fought better opponents,” he says.
He dominated Tanzania’s said Chino right from the start, destroying him with intense body shots before over-running him in the third round and walking home as the WBO Africa junior lightweight champion.
“I think I am the best. I have beatn guys from South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, and I can safely say I am the best in Africa. I have to prove that I am not only based in Africa. I can fight in the world,” he says.
But it is the Russian defeat that keeps on haunting him and the boxer is baying for a chance to enter the world revitalized and ready to make a point.
His first stint this year will be this coming March, and his stable has already tipped him to start engineering his muscles and prepare for the annual independence boxing bonanza.
“I want to add to the titles that I already have. All I want are title fights, that’s what I am focusing on. I want to train well and be ready for every fight. At this level now I am being ranked at number six in the world. Anything can come my way and I have to be ready,” he says.
However, with Namibia’s most famous trainer, Imms gone, will Nakathila cope?
“I can’t really comment much. I know one of our best trainers is no more with us at our stable but I can only comment after if I start working with those that are there and feel like eish there is a differance then I can comment. At the moment I can’t comment because I do not know,” he says.
Despite basking in the positive glow of limelight and fast becoming a house-hold property, Nakathila has not forgotten his humble roots.
This past month, he took the pilgrimage back to his village at Onesi, where he showed his belts to chief Daniel Shoya of the Uukolonkadhi traditional authority at an event marked by pomp and ceremony.
And media attention too, followed right behind his tail.