Walters shoots to star status with knockout of Donaire

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Nicholas Walters dominated Nonito Donaire to remain undefeated Saturday. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank
Nicholas Walters dominated Nonito Donaire in 2014. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

SAN DIEGO, October 18, 2014 – To the disappointment of the Filipino fans cheering on their champion, Jamaican Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) remained undefeated in a dominating victory over featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs).

Walters ended the night early with a thundering sixth round knockout (at 59 seconds) of Donaire, landing a perfect right across the top of Donaire’s head that put him face down on the canvas.

The Axeman Cometh: Nicholas Walters prepares for his ringwalk prior to his fight at the StubHub Center Saturday. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank
The Axeman Cometh: Nicholas Walters prepares for his ringwalk prior to his fight at the StubHub Center Saturday. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

Walters dominated the fight, scoring an early knockdown in the third round, popping Donaire with a nifty right upper cut. Donaire stumbled and put his glove on the canvas to earn a standing eight-count. It was a sign of what was to come.

Donaire showed brief flashes of the speed and power that earned him “Fighter of the Year” honors in 2012. But they were very brief. Walters was in charge from the start of the fight. He kept Donaire moving backwards throughout, putting constant pressure on him. Walters was not intimidated in the least by Donaire.


Walters used his long reach to inflict damage to Donaire with his jab. He was building up serious damage to Donaire’s right eye with the constant action. At the time the fight ended by knockout, Donaire was behind on all the judges’s scorecards.

Donaire landed 40 of 169 punches (24 percent connect rate), and Walters landed double the shots, 85 of 284 punches (30 percent connect rate) according to CompuBox. Walters landed 44 jabs to Donaire’s four.

After the fight while watching a replay of the knockout, Walters told HBO’s Max Kellerman, “It’s like fishing. You give him the bait and he comes.”

Donaire has never truly regained his momentum since losing to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 2013. After the fight, he told HBO’s Max Kellerman that he “never ever ever trained harder” for a fight, but admitted “He overwhelmed me and knocked the s*** out of me.”

Class act: Walters and Donaire embrace after their fight Saturday in Carson, California. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank
Class act: Walters (left) and Donaire embrace after their fight Saturday in Carson, California. Photo: Chris Farina, Top Rank

It’s hard not to like Donaire and root for him. He is the kind of class act boxing needs. He is gracious to a fault, fan friendly, media friendly, a family man, and has been a strong advocate for cleaning fighting including drug testing. But his best days could be behind him. He will need to prove otherwise, and he must decide if it’s worth it to him.

Walters can now look forward to a bright future, including an inevitable date with two time Olympic gold medalist and titleholder Vasyl Lomanchenko, who is a big star despite most of his experience being in the amateur ranks. Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said earlier the winner would get his shot at Lomachenko, and fans will eagerly await confirmation of this superb matchup between two live wires in the featherweight class.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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