Nicholas Walters Demolishes Donaire

By Robert Ecksel on October 18, 2014
Nicholas Walters Demolishes Donaire
Donaire knew he was up against a formidable foe and trained accordingly. (Naoki Fukuda)

Nicholas Walters, the knockout artist from Montego Bay, Jamaica, stopped Nonito Donaire, from Talibon, Bohol, Philippines, at 2:59 of round six…

Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Nicholas Walters (25-0, 20 KOs), the knockout artist from Montego Bay, Jamaica, crushed Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs), from Talibon, Bohol, Philippines, stopping him at 2:59 of round six.

Fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks with green trim, Walters was too strong, too skilled, too determined for his one-time pound-for-pound opponent.

Donaire, fighting out of the red corner in red trunks, knew he was up against a formidable foe and trained accordingly. Unfortunately for Nonito, he bit off more than he could chew and suffered the consequences.

It was Donaire’s first defense of the WBA featherweight title he won last May. At the opening bell he appeared more focused than we’d seen him in some time. Although both fighters were cautious in the first round, although Donaire landed four punches to Walters’ eight, one sensed that Donaire was back, that he meant business, that Walters was in for a fight.

Things heated up in the second. It was an action-packed three minutes. Walters drew first blood from a cut over Donaire’s right eye. But Donaire was hungry. He fought like he had something to prove. He landed two right hands and traded hooks with his opponent at the bell. The left hook is Nonito’s signature punch and hooking with a hooker is an iffy proposition. Donaire rattled Walters, who stumbled to his corner. It was on.

Donaire bolted from his corner at the start of round three. He smelled blood and was looking for the knockout. Instead of jabbing his way in, Donaire was going for broke and got caught at the thirty second mark. Walters connected with a picture-perfect right uppercut. Nonito touched the canvas. It was the first knockdown of his career. The tide had turned suddenly, if not quite unexpectedly.

That punch took something out of Donaire. He coasted in round four. Walters was in control. He was on his game. Nonito was more active in the fifth, but one sensed he was fighting on instinct alone. He wasn’t jabbing. He wasn’t going to the body. Walters was pressing forward and Donaire seemed incapable of stopping him. Walters landed 21 of 66 punches in round five. Donaire landed 10 of 34.

Walters was fighting the perfect fight. On this night he looked like a perfect fighter. He is well schooled and continued stalk Donaire, to deliver punches and push him back. Donaire didn’t have an answer. Donaire didn’t have a clue. He was now bleeding over the other eye. He was taking a beating. He was getting hammered. As the round was drawing to a close, Walters landed a big right hand to the top of Donaire’s head. He went down—hard. The fight was over.

Donaire’s days as a marquee fighter might be over as well.

After the bout, Nicholas Walters was pleased with his performance.

“This victory didn’t come just like that,” he said. “We worked hard for this victory. Knowing we were going to fight Donaire, we saw it was going to be a tough work because he’ s a super, super, great boxer, a super world champion, category after category as one. So I knew I had to respect him. I came out, I got a little bit too confident and he caught me with a pretty good shot. Boom! It was a very good shot. He caught me very, very clean. He has good power also. But I recuperated from that shot and knew I had a job to do and just went out there and got the job done. I enjoyed the fight. I take nothing away from him. He’s a great champion. He’s a wonderful person. He’s a great, great fighter. I want to thank Donaire for giving me this opportunity of fighting one of the best.”

Donaire spoke next. When he lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux he wasn’t gracious in defeat. But this was different. This time he was magnanimous.

“I want to thank Nicholas,” Donaire said. “He’s an amazing fighter, an amazing champion, an amazing person. I’m sorry I fell short of my goal, but I want to thank you guys for coming out here. I still love you guys. Hopefully you still love me. I was at my best. I’ve never trained this hard. He came out as tough as I thought he would be and knocked the shit out of me. I know I can’t compete with guys like Walters. No matter what I did, movements and anything, I just succumbed to his size, his power, and his overwhelming aura in the ring.”

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  1. Darrell 08:05pm, 10/19/2014

    Impressed with Walters.  Too big for Donaire really.

  2. procopy 07:20pm, 10/19/2014

    Donaire doesnt belong to the Featherweight, plain and simple. The first 2 fights should have been a sign for him not to pursue. His first fight is against someone who is not even a featherweight. He just dragged him up but he almost got beaten. And worse, he already beat the guy some years ago.
    As for Walters, well it truly made him someone to watch out for. I believe that with that power and skills, he could chop anyone on that division.

    And Now..
    Garcia VS Walters, anyone? :)

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:49pm, 10/19/2014

    frankinDallas-Man! That right there is a Henny Youngman class one liner! Legend has it the Pittsburgh Windmill’s significant other’s eyes were blue too.

  4. FrankinDallas 12:59pm, 10/19/2014

    Walters hit Donaire so hard that Nonito’s wife’s eyes turned blue.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:36am, 10/19/2014

    Oftentimes it just boils down to physicality in sports…..witness the NFL and the NBA….while this sport involves much more in the way of a character/gut check… holds true in boxing as well and particularly at the lower weight classes….Walters is just plain bigger than Donaire and almost as muscular as his mom Grace Jones with a wingspan comparable to Grace’s of 74 inches….. that was a really pudgy version of Nonito in there last night .

  6. Bob 06:20am, 10/19/2014

    It seems like yesterday that Donaire was on top of the world. Goes to show how fleeting the top can be in boxing. Glad to see he learned from his last defeat not to make excuses, however legitimate. Seemed he went out of his way to be gracious this time around. He seems like a good man with a nice family and future. I hope he doesn’t keep coming back until all we remember is the end.

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