Nathaniel May talks amateur pedigree and professional progression

IN the space of five years, Nathaniel May has gone from budding amateur to a fully fledged professional that is on the cusp of earning a lucrative world rating.

Only two sleeps away from the biggest fight of his career to date, the talented youngster is relaxed and composed ahead of his second title fight on Friday night against Filipino live wire Lloyd Jardeliza.

As a professional, May, 19, has already established himself as a future star in the featherweight division, highlighting his potential with wins over two former Australian champions and a regional title, all in eleven fights.

“I have been built up nicely with eleven professional fights to date,” said May in an interview with Aus-Boxing.

“So far I have defeated two Australian champions unanimously, coming from an amateur career of sixty nine fights for sixty three wins,”

“As an amateur, I won multiple nationals titles and represented Australia internationally four times. I’ve been boxing since the age of fourteen, so I have accomplished a lot in only five years and have many more ahead of me,”

May’s lone blemish in the paid ranks was a controversial points defeat to former Australian title challenger Waylon Law last February. The fight not only served as his only fight outside of Western Australia, but was also announced as the Fight of the Year by this publication.

Despite the loss, May (10-1, 5 KOs) insists that he is a better fighter for the experience and now understands the importance of taking judges out of the equation in future fights.

“The fight with Waylon Law was an eye opening one for us,” May continued. “We trained hard for the fight but were seen to not have pushed hard enough in the fight to secure a win in the judges eyes,”

“We have learnt to not always leave the close rounds in the judges hands. We were confident and still believe I won – but that’s boxing – and we have moved on.”

With a potential world rating by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) on the line, May will be doing everything in his power to ensure that the WBO affiliated regional title is in his hands come Saturday morning.

“I’m fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific Youth title in a second weight division, with featherweight now being my preferred weight,” May continued.

“The WBO has shown a lot of interest in my talent and I’m looking forward to placing my in the world ratings very soon, I’m currently ranked second in the Asia Pacific region already and I’m looking to be placed in the world rankings soon,”

Having signed a deal with leading West Australian promotional outfit CDL Boxing Promotions, May is hoping to establish himself as a leading name in his home state before May’s team look at taking their fighters talents abroad.

“It’s been great to be involved with the CDL team,” said May in closing. “It has been my best decision to date to sign with them and glad I have. I have their full support and backing with creating the journey and opportunities for me and my team,”

“I can concentrate on my boxing and training knowing all the business side of things are taken care of for me. I look forward to many years ahead together.”

Photo: CDL Boxing Promotions


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