Namibia’s featherweight boxer Sakaria “Desert Storm” Lukas suffered his first career defeat to Mexican fighter Isaac Avelar on Saturday during their super featherweight bout at the AT&T Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA.
The defeat, which was a unanimous decision in favour of Avelar, was Lukas’ first career loss after 24 professional fight and it was the Namibian’s first-ever fight on American soil. The fight was an undercard fight to the Errol Spence Jnr vs Danny Garcia IBF, WBC welterweight unification world title bout.
Avelar won a unanimous decision over late replacement Lukas, with scorecards of 98-92 (three times). The big difference in their fight was the power disparity between Avelar and Lukas. Avelar landed some big punches early and found success often with his straight left hand out of a southpaw stance.
Early on, Avelar was able to move Lukas with ease. However, as the fight entered the middle rounds, Lukas found his rhythm and was accurate with his right hand down the middle. If Lukas had slightly more power and was perhaps a little younger, he might have had a chance to pick up a decision or even a stoppage against Avelar (17-2, 10 KOs). But “Canelito” was able to do more than enough to avoid any serious threat of defeat.