Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
World Boxing Association featherweight champion, Nicholas Walters, will quite likely make the first defence of his title in the United States next month, his manager, Jacques Deschamps, told The Gleaner yesterday.
Deschamps had revealed, a few weeks ago, that negotiations for the fight to be held in Jamaica had broken down and that he was then having discussions with the principals of Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, two of the most influential promoting companies in the world, for the fight to take place in the USA or Haiti.
A very upbeat Deschamps told The Gleaner yesterday that negotiations were proceeding satisfactorily and it could be just a matter of days before he signs the contracts for the fight.
"I have been having some very serious discussions over the past few days and one company has made a good offer," he said. "I have made a counter offer through our attorney and the stage has now been reached where the attorneys have exchanged briefs."
Deschamps added: "We are very close to getting it done and there is definitely reason for optimism."
The date being looked at, he said, is November 9, and with that in mind, he had summoned Walters to join him in Haiti immediately for conditioning work.
"After a few weeks there, Walters will return to Panama to complete his training, as I want him to be ready to make a successful title defence," he added.
Asked about the likely opponent, he said that it would be someone in the top 10 in the weight class and could be the highly rated Mexican, Alberto Garza, whose camp issued a challenge to Walters several months ago and promised to knock him out if they met.
Walters won the title on December 8, 2012, when he scored a seventh-round technical knockout victory over Colombian Daulis Prescott, at the National Indoor Sports Centre.
He was expected to make his first title defence in Jamaica as early as April this year, but negotiations dragged on and finally ended a few months ago.
Deschamps then turned his attention to overseas promoters, and it does now appear that the long-awaited first defence will take place soon.