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Axeman to face the Filipino Flash

Published:Sunday | August 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Leighton Levy, Sunday Gleaner Writer

'The Axeman' will clash with 'The Filipino Flash' for the World Boxing Association Super World Featherweight title on October 18. The fight will be televised on HBO.

Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, 28, Jamaica's WBA (regular) champion is unbeaten in 24 fights, including 20 by knockout, and will be looking to step into the limelight with an impressive win over the more heralded Nonito Donaire when the two meet on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio fight card at the Stubhub Centre in Carson, California. The 31-year-old Donaire with 33 wins, 21 by knockout, and two losses, has held either a primary or interim world title belt in five divisions and could prove to be Walters' biggest test to date.

Walters won his last four fights by knockout, the last coming during his title defence on May 31, when he decked Vic Darchinyan in the fifth round in Macau, China. Donaire's last two fights included a ninth-round technical knockout over Darchinyan in November 2013 before getting the better of Simpiwe Vetyeka by technical draw on the same card where Walters stopped Darchinyan.

SHARPENING SKILLS

Walters recently spent time in California working with trainer Rudy Hernandez, sharpening his skills in preparation for this fight. Walters, who is from Anchovy in St James, said that during his time working with Hernandez he learned new things that he thinks can make a difference in future fights.

Walters' trainer, Jacques Dechamps, is convinced fight fans will see some of those newly acquired skills when Walters steps into the ring on October 18 against Donaire, who earned the name Filipino Flash because of his blinding speed. Several recent reports however, have suggested that Donaire, whose last loss was in April 2013, to Guillermo Rigondeaux by unanimous decision, doesn't possess that blinding speed anymore, but still has knockout power. In that fight, Donaire knocked Rigondeaux down in the 10th round.

Prior to that fight, the only time Donaire was defeated was in March 2010 when he lost another unanimous decision to Rosendo Sanchez at the Pacific Sports Centre in California.