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Axeman ready to cut down Donaire

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Nicholas 'Axeman' Walters

Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer

Declaring that he was in "tip top shape and in a good frame of mind", Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters sent a message to Jamaica yesterday.

"Please tell all my fans that I will be bringing a super title to Jamaica by beating Nonito Donaire tomorrow night," he said.

Sounding very relaxed, Walters said that he had a good camp, was confident and ready, and firmly believed that, at the end of the fight tonight, at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California for the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title, he would be the new super champion.

The fight has created a lot of worldwide interest and will be the co-feature on a sold out card. In the other fight, Genaddy Golovkin, who is from Kazakhstan, but now lives in Germany, will defend his WBA and IBO middleweight titles, against Mexican Marco 'Antonio' Rubio, the WBC interim champion.

Donaire, known as 'the Filipino Flash' is without doubt the most formidable opponent that Walters has faced. A professional boxer since February 2001, he has a 33-2 record with 21 knockouts, has won world titles at bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight, and was named Fighter of the Year in 2012. His credentials are impeccable and his victory over Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA featherweight super title, cemented his claim to be one of the best featherweight boxers in the world.

LONG CAREER

Walters, has been fighting as a professional since August 2008, and became champion on December 8, 2012 with a seventh-round technical knockout victory over Daulis Prescott in Jamaica. He has had two successful title defences, the most recent being a fifth-round knockout victory over Vic Darchinyan on May 31 this year. He has had 24 fights and won them all, 20 inside the distance.

With the knockout record of both fighters, there is every indication that the fight will not go the distance, and the question, therefore is, who will fall? Donaire is the smaller of the two fighters and gives away a height and reach advantage. He is fast and moves very well around the ring, but is not afraid to stay at close range and put his punching power on display.

Walters is naturally aggressive and his corner has had to try to curb his enthusiasm on many occasions. His father, Job, told The Gleaner yesterday, that one of the things that he and trainer Celso Chavez have impressed on Nicholas is that he has to fight smart.

"We emphasised this a lot in training and his sparring partners were instructed to do certain things so that we could see how he reacted to them. He passed the tests with flying colours and I can assure you that he will fight a smart fight," Job said.

Job also disclosed that he will be celebrating his birthday today and that NichOlas has promised him a victory as a present.

"That would be the best birthday present I have ever received" he confided.