Australian Super Featherweight, Nathaniel May is making noise Down Under. The 22-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the brightest 126lb talent’s in the southern hemisphere, and is ready to plaster his name onto the world scene.
Speaking exclusively to FightTalk.net, May gives an insight into his life as he prepares for the biggest opportunity of his boxing career to date, fighting on the undercard of fellow Aussie and 147lbs WBO champion, Jeff Horn’s maiden title defence against Gary Corcoran in December.
‘’I am proud to be on the Jeff Horn undercard, I have known him as an amateur and its great being able to see him grow into a World champion in professional boxing. This fight gives me a chance to show myself to Duco Promotions and all of Australia and the world that I am going to be the next world champion. It’s a chance for me to show everyone what I have got and what we have been working on over the years.’’
Once considered as boxing obscurity, Australia and New Zealand have become a hot pot for talent in recent years. The likes of Horn, Lucas Browne and current WBO Heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, have reinvigorated the boxing scene on Oceanic shores, which many would say have laid dormant since the beloved David Tua hung up his gloves.
Hailing from humble beginnings, Nathaniel May took advantage of the truly great outdoors in the Australian outback. An active young man with a flair for fighting, it was only a matter of time until boxing found the Super Featherweight slugger.
‘’I grew up in the south west of Western Australia in a country city called Bunbury. I am an Australian Indigenous and have had a great family upbringing with a lot of my family living in the south west. I had a normal childhood, I think I was never inside, always had something to do with sports; kicking the footy or playing basketball. I was always involved in sport.’’
Boxing is a refuge. Boxing is a safe-house. Boxing is an escape. Versatile and never discriminating, the ‘Sweet Science’ welcomes all comers from all backgrounds. Every fighter in the game has their own reasons for lacing up. Whether it be for the freedom, for the fitness, or for the thrill, few look back after that very first bell rings. Nathaniel May fits the description to down to a T.
‘’I was in a development program for Australian Rules football at the age of 13. I was a little bit chubby as a kid and my dad encouraged me to take up boxing to lose weight and get fit. I pretty much walked into Stokesy’s gym and have been there ever since. I love boxing more than anything it’s my passion, it’s my life, it’s my career.’’
A surprise defeat as a prospect remains the only blemish on the 18-1 fighter’s resume thus far. Boxers lose fights. It’s a fact of life. The real test is how they bounce back from a setback. A 12-round war with Randy Braga to win the IBF Pan Asian title earlier in the year reasserted May’s intentions on the world scene as not only a contender, but as a man with heart and bravery. The real winning factor in boxing.
Wind in the sails and keen to carry momentum into what will be his last bout of 2017, ‘Cheeky’ began to reveal his thoughts on the current crop of British talent that share the same weight category. The likes of Carl Frampton, Josh Warrington, Scott Quigg and Lee Selby pose an ominous force at Super Featherweight. Like a true fighter, May relished the opportunity to share a ring with the best of the best.
‘’[Kid] Galahad doesn’t interest us as he is not even in my league, I’ve fought the best of the best this side of the world and beat every one of them. I would love to fight Frampton, he is a two-division world champion. What boxer wouldn’t want to fight with him?!’’
‘’I respect them as fighters and champions, but I think my team and I are ready for the bigger fights, we just keep working on that world title shot, that’s the goal at the moment. I’ve stopped former WBC number 6 Ciso Morales, schooled Randy Braga, I’m now ranked number 7 in the world in the IBF Featherweight division and I would love to fight Selby for the world title.’’
The Horn vs Corcoran WBO Welterweight showdown is due to be televised on BoxNation on 13th December. The platform is set, and Nathaniel May is ready to showcase his talent to the world. A big performance may unlock the lucrative key to the elite fights he has been craving, as 2018 promises big things for the Bunbury man.
Written by Tom Humber