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BOXING: Nicholas Walters stripped of world title after failing to make weight

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 6:20 PMRobert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Walters... Initially weighed 127.14 pounds, which was over the 126-pound division limit.

Jamaica's Nicholas Walters failed to make weight this afternoon and was stripped of his featherweight world title ahead of his fight against Miguel Marriaga tomorrow night.

The fight is scheduled for the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Walters initially weighed 127.14 pounds, which was over the 126-pound division limit.

Under New York State Athletic Commission rules, he had two hours to shed the extra weight, but when he returned to the scale nearly two hours later he was still weighing 127 pounds.

Walters was stripped of the belt, although the bout will still go on as scheduled in the main event of an HBO broadcast. 

Marriaga of Colombia, who beat Walters in an amateur fight at a 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament, was 125.2 pounds and he is eligible to win the vacant title.

Walters has agreed to pay Marriaga an undisclosed amount of money from his purse to go through with the fight, according to promoter, Top Rank.

No additional fine was imposed by the New York Commission.