Walters Decisions Marriaga

By Robert Ecksel on June 14, 2015
Walters Decisions Marriaga
It’s not cool to forfeit a title at a weigh-in. But I’m not unsold on the Axe Man. (Fukuda)

Despite having fought the toughest opponent in the best fight of the night, Walters is being dragged over the coals…

Saturday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater, Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, decisioned Miguel Marriaga (20-1, 18 KOs), from Cartagena, Colombia, despite having lost his WBA World featherweight title a day earlier on the scales.

The final scores were 118-109, 117-110, and 119-108 in favor of the Axe Man.

Fight fans are notoriously fickle. Despite having fought the toughest opponent in the best fight of the night, with dueling doubleheaders televised live on HBO and Showtime, Walters is being dragged over the coals for what is being called a substandard performance.

He didn’t look as otherworldly as when he stopped Nonito Donaire and Vic Dachinyan in his last two fights. He might have been drained after trying and failing to make weight. He might have been drained at having to reach into his pocket and pay $40,000 to Marriaga so that the show could go on.

But it’s also possible, if not more likely, that the undefeated Marriaga was in with a tougher foe than the men who faced Felix Verdejo (Ivan Najera), Deontay Wilder (Eric Molina), and Jose Pedraza (Andrey Klimov).

It’s not cool to forfeit a title at a weigh-in. It’s not cool to rehydrate up two weight classes. But I’m not unsold on Nicholas Walters, at least not yet.

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  1. Paul 07:08am, 06/15/2015

    thats right Barry O real good performance by Walters. Marriaga is a real good fighter, they dont all end in knockouts

  2. Koolz 03:47pm, 06/14/2015

    Listen Walters is fighting in the wrong weight class.

    Has no belt anymore and shouldn’t even think of fighting Lomachenko.

  3. Barry O 03:00pm, 06/14/2015

    Robert, I couldn’t agree more, and I’m wondering why more of the press aren’t saying the same.  This was a terrific fight against a tough, durable, skilled opponent.  I also had the fight much closer than most.  Marriaga is a tough, highly skilled foe.  Thanks for this post.

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