It's official, Walters a Super Champion
Jamaica's Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, who became the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion on December 8, 2012 by defeating Daulis Prescott at Jamaica's National Indoor Sports Centre, has now been officially named a Super Champion by the WBA.
His manager, Jacques Des-champs, informed The Sunday Gleaner yesterday that he had received official word from the WBA that at a meeting last week, the WBA Championship Committee had taken official note of the exceptional performances given by Walters in winning the featherweight title in 2012, and defending it successfully since then.
After the meeting, the Cham-pionship Committee made
the following announcement: "Pursuant to WBA Rule C.18, the president of the WBA and the Championship Committee under special circumstances, may recognise any boxer as a Super Champion. The WBA considers Walters' career achievements and exceptional boxing record such a circumstance. The president and WBA Championship Committee, after considering all relevant information, hereby names Walters as Super Champion of the featherweight division."
Deschamps told The Sunday Gleaner that the feeling in some quarters was that, having defeated Nonito Donaire last October, Walters was the new Super champion in the featherweight division. He was, however, still being referred to as the WBA world champion by some people.
"This action by the WBA formalises and clarifies the matter, and there is no doubt now that he is the featherweight Super Champion, since the WBA has ratified it," he added.
This means that Walters is now more highly regarded than the regular champions. He also becomes the seventh WBA Super champion. The others are heavyweight Wladimar Klitschko, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, super middleweight AndrÈ Ward, middleweight Gennady Golovkin, super welterweight Floyd May-weather, and super lightweight Danny Garcia.
Walters scored two sensational victories in 2014, and these contributed significantly to his elevation to Super status. On May 31, he scored a fifth-round knockout victory over highly rated Vic Darchinyan - a performance that was voted the knockout of the year. He then scored a dramatic sixth-round technical knockout victory over the well-known Donaire, on October 18, that earned him even more accolades.
He was named the RJR Sports Foundation 2014 Sportsman of the Year, and also received the Gleaner Company's 2014 Special Award for Sport. He had a great year, and his elevation to Super Status is another significant milestone in his career.