Big celebration planned for Walters
World Boxing Association featherweight super champion, Nicholas Walters, arrives in the island tomorrow from his training base in Panama to meet and greet local boxing fans, following his dramatic sixth round knockout victory over Nonito Donaire in Carson City, California, on October 18, to win the super title.
The fight, which was broadcast live on HBO television, was a spectacular event and Walters told The Gleaner yesterday that he was looking forward to spending some time in Jamaica with his many local fans.
"I understand that a great welcome is in store for me when I return, and I am looking forward to it. It has been several months since I have been in Jamaica and I am really looking forward to seeing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has supported me over the years, my family and my friends, who used to train and go fishing with me in my hometown Anchovy."
His father, Job, who nurtured him as a young boxer, saw him safely through the amateur ranks and assists chief trainer Celso Chavez in preparing Nicholas for his title fights, said he is sure that the people in Montego Bay will have a warm welcome for his champion son.
"All Montego Bay is excited and Nicholas will be given a great welcome when he lands on Wednesday," Job told The Gleaner yesterday.
He said that he is assisting with the welcome arrangements and "the plan is for him to be in a motorcade in the city, after which he will visit two schools, including his former school, Anchovy High School, from which he graduated."
Although it will be time for celebrating, he made it clear that it will not be all play while Nicholas is in Jamaica.
" Nicholas has the tendency to put on weight quickly these days and that cannot be allowed to happen, now that he has some big fights ahead of him next year. After a couple of days off for celebrating, he will have to start doing some running, followed by bag and pad work. We cannot afford to fool around too much," he added.
Nicholas is of like mind.
He said: "I am very serious now and my future is in my hands. My manager Mr Deschamps and my promoter, Top Rank, are looking at some big fights for me next year and I have to be ready when the call comes. My opponents are going to be tougher now and I have to be ready, so training will be a regular part of my schedule while I am in Jamaica."