Colombian Prescott likely new opponent for Walters
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Colombian featherweight Daulis Prescott has been tipped as the likely opponent for Jamaica's Nicholas Walters, when he makes the challenge for the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title here in Kingston in December.
The former champion, Celestin Caballero, who had been ordered to fight Walters for the title, relinquished it on Monday, a day before he was to sign the contract for the fight or be stripped.
The reason he gave then was that he was not prepared to fight for the mandated purse money of US$90,000, that came out of a purse bid that was won by Canelo Promotions of Mexico last month.
The WBA has to now name an opponent, and sources reported yesterday that Prescott, who is rated No. 5 in their featherweight division, is the front-runner. He is 26 years old and has an impressive 26-1 record. What is also ominous about his record is that he has won 19 of those fights within the distance, so he has a 63.33 per cent knockout record.
Walters, who is managed by Haitian Jacques Deschamps - who has very close ties with Jamaica - also has an impressive record and has worked his way steadily up the ratings to the No. 1 spot by scoring victories over good opponents and becoming the WBA Fedelatin champion.
He is now 21-0 with 17 knockout victories and is hoping to be the first Jamaican boxer to win a world title in a Jamaican ring.
He was scheduled to arrive in Jamaica late Tuesday night to attend a press briefing today, at which details of the December fight card will be announced.