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Walters ready for showdown

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM

World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion, Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, is now in Carson City, California, making final preparations for his fight on Saturday night against Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire, the WBA super champion.

The sold-out fight will take place at the StubHub Centre and the co-feature bout on the card will be a middleweight title fight between German Gennady Golovkin and Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio.

Walters has in his corner his trainer Celso Chavez and his father Job, who nurtured him as an amateur and is now responsible for certain areas of his training schedule.

Job told The Gleaner that all is well with Nicholas, who is just a few pounds over his fighting weight of 126 pounds at this time.

"We had a good training camp and he is well prepared. He was able to work with some good sparring partners over the past several weeks and, last week, he had three world champions in the gym in Panama with us at different times," Job stated.

"Nicholas is a much smarter fighter than he was two years ago and, against a fighter like Donaire, he has to use all the weapons that he has. Fighting a smart fight is going to be important, and he is well prepared for that."

Job also said Donaire is an experienced and dangerous opponent.

"Donaire is the most experienced and dangerous fighter that Nicholas has gone up against, but he is very confident. Although Donaire has won several titles, he has never fought anyone as strong or who hits as hard as Nicholas, and that is going to be important on Saturday. I am very confident that Nicholas is going to win and show the world that he is the best featherweight boxer in the world," he added.