Correction & Clarification
In the report headlined ‘Axeman’ delivers fourth-round promise, which was published, it was erroneously stated that Alberto Garza’s knockout came after one minute and 57 seconds in the ‘fourth floor’. The report should have stated that Garza was, in fact, knocked out in the FOURTH ROUND. The error is regretted.
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
SPECTACULAR and devastating were the two words being used in abundance last Saturday night, as fans described the fourth-round knockout victory scored by World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion, Jamaica's Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, over Mexico's Alberto Garza at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Coming off an 11-month break since winning the title in Jamaica last December 8, Walters overcame his first-round anxiety to settle down and dismantle Garza's defence, after which he methodically set the stage for the dramatic knockout, which came after one minute and 57 seconds in the fourth floor. He is now 23-0 with 19 knockouts. Garza has dropped to 25-6-1.
Using a mixture of English and Spanish, Walters thanked all his fans for supporting him and promised that he was confident that he will have a successful reign as champion. He also gave a word of thanks to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for her support through the years.
The fight was full of action from the opening bell, as Walters stalked his man and tried to seize the initiative immediately. However, he did not build up his attacks behind the jab as instructed by his trainers Celso Chavez and Job Walters. As a result of this, he was somewhat reckless in the first round and threw several wild punches that missed the mark by far.
He remained aggressive in the second round and he repeatedly snapped back Garza's head with his straight lefts. Garza, who shifted to a southpaw stance periodically, was quickly left behind in the scoring. He also received a caution from the referee for a low blow.
Walters stepped up the tempo in the third round, but Garza did catch his attention a few times with jabs to the head and a few body shots. He again drew a low blow caution, but this infraction did not bother Walters who was now in full control of the fight and scoring freely.
Obviously intent on keeping his fourth-round knockout promise, Walters was back on the attack as the fourth round started and within the first 30 seconds he scored repeatedly to the head and body. A hard right to the body, put Garza on the canvas.
But to the consternation of Walters. who quickly retreated to a neutral corner for the count to start, the referee signalled a low blow and gave Garza time to recover. He only gave Walters a mild rebuke, however.
Once the signal to continue was given, Walters went back on the attack and a body shot followed by a right hook to the head, put Garza down and out. When the referee saw that Garza, who was sprawled on the canvas - was not making any attempt to get to his feet, he stopped the count, signalled that it was all over and called in the ring doctor. It took some time for Garza to be revived.