Nicholas Walters Took an Axe

By Robert Ecksel on November 9, 2015
Nicholas Walters Took an Axe
“I know how important this fight is. I will be in optimum physical condition.” (Ricalde Art)

Walters is finally moving up in weight. Hopefully day before weigh-ins, an experiment that has failed, won’t interfere with his career any time soon…

On Saturday, December 19, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, in a fight televised live on HBO After Dark, former WBA Super World featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0, 21 KOs), the knockout artist from Montego Bay, Jamaica, returns to action against hard-hitting Jason “El Canito” Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs), from Camden, New Jersey, in a 10-round junior lightweight special attraction.

An amateur standout that turned pro in 2008, 29-year-old Walters can do it all. He can box as well as punch and has a KO percentage of 81%.

The Axe Man captured the vacant WBA World featherweight title on December 12, 2012, by icing Daulis Prescott (26-1 coming in) in the seventh round. He successfully defended the title two times. He TKO’d Alberto Garza in 2013. Then he KO’d former two-division champion Vic Darchinyan the following year.

On October 18, 2014, Walters blasted out former four-division champion Nonito Donaire, after dropping him twice, to win the WBA Super World featherweight title and catapult himself into the stratosphere.

After the defeat, Donaire complained that Walters was no featherweight, an observation confirmed when he lost his next fight on the scale to Michael Marriaga. The Axe Man was only a pound overweight. No matter. Overweight is overweight. It was an embarrassing way to lose a crown.

Walters is finally moving up in weight and hopefully day before weigh-ins, an experiment that has failed, won’t interfere with his career any time soon.

“I am training hard in Panama,” Walters said. “I know how important this fight is and I will be in optimum physical condition. My team has been studying video of my opponent Sosa. I cannot wait to leave Panama, get into Verona, New York, and get inside the ring. Boxing is my passion.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Sosa is no pushover. He has not lost a fight in four years and has stopped his last 13 opponents. Currently ranked #8 by the IBF and #13 by the WBO, he is the Pride of Camden, a city for which pride has been in short supply.

“First, I would like to thank God for all that he has done for me in my life,” he said. “I would also like to thank Nicholas Walters for giving me the opportunity to fight on December 19th. He is a very strong fighter and the toughest opponent that I have faced. But I am up for the challenge. I have a great team and they are getting me in the best shape of my life and making sure that I am mentally and physically ready to come away with the win. I am sure we are both ready for war and fans are not going to want to miss this.”

Another thing the fans won’t want to miss is the co-main event between Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs), the undefeated slugger from Miami, Florida, and Philadelphia’s own Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs).

Ortiz won the interim WBA World heavyweight title when he starched Matias Ariel Vidondo in his last fight.  The fight with Jennings, which has not yet been sanctioned as a WBA title defense, will nevertheless be a barnburner.

Jennings, the ultimate diamond in the rough, ably acquitted himself last April in a losing effort against the Wladimir Klitschko. The Big Kahuna told HBO’s Max Kellerman after the fight with Jennings, “He had a great desire to win and be the champion. He was even talking in the rounds and trying to make it like Ali-Frazier. He gave me a great challenge.”

If Jennings can give Klitschko a great challenge, you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll do the same for “The Real King Kong.”

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  1. No10Count 10:47pm, 11/11/2015

    Well guess we don’t get to see Waters Vs Lomenchko.

    130/135 is Waters more natural weight class.
    He will still be the bigger man against Sosa. Hopefully Sosa has enough to make it a good match up.

  2. procopy 10:48pm, 11/10/2015

    I wanna see King Kong vs. Andy the Destroyer!

  3. procopy 10:41pm, 11/10/2015

    Well both Donaire and Walters are “no featherweight”. This guy Sosa may have a high knock out percentage, but he has been KOed before and so simple logic dictates that it can happen again. Annnd Walters has 81% KO percentage coupled with a chiseled body so that probability of that to happen is very HIGH.
    On the other hand, It’s interesting to see why so much guys want to name themselves from a freakin gorilla.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:28am, 11/10/2015

    Easy outing for Walters…. in other words just one more mismatch in this “sport”.

  5. KB 10:46am, 11/10/2015

    King Kong will say bye bye to Bryant. Watch the way he enters the ring. Watch him jump over the top rope. He has great motivation. Jennings is a bore job.

  6. Don from Prov 08:46am, 11/10/2015

    I’m looking forward to this card—

    Love to watch Walters

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