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Axeman Walters - 2014 KO King

Published:Saturday | January 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Nicholas The Axeman Walters of Jamaica celebrates after winning the WBA World featherweight title with a knockout win over Vic Raging Bull Darchinyan of the United States in Macau, China, last year May. - File
Vic Raging Bull Darchinyan (left) of the United States falls after being hit by Nicholas The Axeman Walters of Jamaica during the WBA World Featherweight title fight in Macau, China, on Saturday, May 31, 2014. - AP
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Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer

One of the knockout victories scored by Nicholas The Axeman Walters last year has been named KO King of the year 2014 by one of boxings most influential and popular internet sites, Fightnews.com.

In its New Year round-up of boxing published yesterday, Fightnews.com named Walters knockout victory over Vic Darchinyan, on May 31 last year in Macau, China, as the most impressive in 2014.

The site selected 10 knockouts as the best for the year, among them heavyweight champion Wladimar Klitchkos victory over Kubrat Pulev and middleweight champion Gennady Doldolovins knockout victory over Daniel Deale. It stated, however, that, In a year filled with sensational knockouts, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters distinguished himself with two spectacular knockouts, that made our year-end list. Walters stoppage of Nonito Donaire in October was impressive, but his KO victory over Vic Darchinyan last May in Macao, China, was even more savage. After dropping Darchinyan in round five, the hard-charging Jamaican world champion followed up by blazing The Raging Bull into next week, shortly afterwards, with a massive left hook to the chin.

I AM THRILLED

Contacted by The Gleaner with the news yesterday, Walters, who is the favourite to be named RJR Sports Foundations Sportsman of the Year in Jamaica later this month, told The Gleaner that he was elated to have been given this honour.

"I am thrilled to hear this," he said.

He added: "My aim when I enter the ring is to win my fights, and to make the wins spectacular as a bonus for my fans. I am succeeding with both so far, and I hope to continue this throughout 2015."

Walters went on to say that the Jamaican boxer whose achievements he wants to emulate, and eventually surpass, are those of Michael The Body Snatcher McCallum.

"He is our most celebrated champion, and I want to be a multi-world champion just like him. First, I won the WBA featherweight title by beating Daulis Perescott, then by defeating Donaire I am now the WBA featherweight Super Champion. My next goal is to add either the WBC title held by Jhonny Gonzalez or the WBO title held by Vasyl Lomachenko to that title. Those are my major goals for 2015, and I want to do this for myself and for Jamaica."

In an impressive ring career which saw him being admitted to boxings Hall of Fame, McCallum won world titles at junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. He ended his career with a 49-5-1 record. Walters is now 25-0 and counting.