'Axeman' Walters arrives - Jamaican 'feeling great' for WBA title showdown
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Looking confident and in high spirits, Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters arrived in Jamaica yesterday afternoon, accompanied by his trainer Celso Chavez and manager Jacques Deschamps, to begin the final leg of the preparation for his world title fight with Darius Prescott of Colombia for the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title on Saturday night.
That fight will be the main bout on a five-fight card at the National Indoor Sports Centre. There will be three other title fights, two of which will feature female boxers. Kina Malpartida will meet Stacey Reile for the WBA super featherweight title and Alys Sanchez will go up against Maria Elena Villalobos for the WBA interim Super lightweight title.
Mauricio Reynosos will take on Jaime Barboza in a Fedelatin super middleweight contest over 11 rounds, and Jamaicans Rikardo Smith and Sakima Mullings will clash over eight rounds.
Walters, who was greeted warmly by his father Job Walters and mother Veronica Bowen, told The Gleaner that he was thrilled to be back home and was eagerly waiting to climb into the ring on Saturday.
"I am feeling great. My training has gone well and I worked very hard over the past six weeks," he said.
"My trainer has pushed me hard. He says that he wants me to be his 10th world champion, and I want to live up to expectations. I really want to do what Bunny Grant, Percy Hayles and 'Shrimpy' (Richard) Clarke were not able to do - win a world title at home. That is my goal," he continued.
Trainer Chavez said in halting English: "Nick has worked very hard. He is fit and ready and I want him to be my fourth current champion. He is in good condition and if he follows my instructions he will beat Prescott. We have a plan set out and all he has to do is follow it."
Walters will have a light workout this afternoon at the Stanley Couch gym and his father Job is expected to join the camp today for the final workouts.
Prescott is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica tonight and he will do some light work at the same gym tomorrow. All the other fighters are slated for arrival today and tomorrow. The weigh-in will be on Friday afternoon at 3.