Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
With November 9 fast approaching for the Nicholas Walters versus Alberto Garza world title fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title, Job Walters left the island on Monday to join his son's training camp in Panama. He will be responsible for fitness and speed work, alongside chief trainer Celso Chávez.
The Walters team leaves Panama for Corpus Christie, Texas, on Monday, where Walters will do his mandatory prefight medical examinations and make final preparations for the fight.
This will be his first defence of the title he won in Jamaica last December 8, at the National Indoor Sports Centre, by scoring a seventh-round tko victory over Dualis Prescott from Colombia.
He had hoped to make his first defence in Jamaica, but negotiations dragged on, and finally fell through, leaving the door open for a signing recently with Bob Arum's Top Rank promotional company. This will be his first fight under the Top Rank banner, and a good win will propel him into appearing on major fight cards in the future.
Jacques Deschamps, who manages Walters, told The Gleaner that everything was running smoothly and that the addition of Job Walters to the training camp was a strategic move, designed to make Nicholas comfortable and keep him sharp.
"Job has a special bond with Nicholas, and what I find is that Nicholas listens to what he says to him. He follows Job's instructions, and what we want now is for him to be fully focused as the final preparations are made.