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Nicholas Walters: They call him the ‘Axe Man’
Nicolas Walters may very well be boxing’s best-kept secret. The 28-year-old from Montego Bay, Jamaica is only the 10th world champion in Jamaica’s history. Walters, recognized for his undeniable punching-power, is best-known as “The Axe Man.”
“I entered an amateur competition in Trinidad, and the Jamaican guys were winning the fights,” Walters said. “I kept telling them, ‘Chop them with the axe, chop them with the axe!’ A spectator at the fights said to me, ‘Every night you come to the fights and tell them to chop them with the axe. When you go in there, I want to see you chop them with the axe.’ I stopped the guy, and when I came out of the ring the spectator said to me, ‘These guys that you’re telling to use the axe, they don’t know what to do with the axe. But you are the real axe man.’ When I went back to Jamaica, I tell them the story about the axe, and everybody started calling me ‘The Axe Man’ from there.”
Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), the son of former professional boxer Job Walters, is scheduled to make the fourth defense of the WBA featherweight title against fellow hard-hitting Colombian, Miguel Marriaga (20-0,18 KOs) this Saturday at the Theater of Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Walters-Marriaga will be televised live on HBO.
Walters was a virtual unknown prior to his last fight. Walters, in stunning fashion, knocked out the once highly-touted four-division world champion Nonito Donaire last October.
Walters weathered a storm of punches before his superior boxing skills ceased control of the fight. Donaire, who had never been knocked down in his career, tasted the canvas for the first time. Donaire was cut over both eyes, as Walters landed a right hand to the head sent Donaire to the canvas – face first.
In the bout prior to the Donaire fight, Walters knocked out former undisputed WBC/WBA and IBF super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in round five.
Walters will be opposed by Marriaga, who is undefeated in 20 professional bouts (18 knockouts) dating back to June 2009. Marriaga is very inexperienced considering that he has fought exclusively out of his native Colombia. Walters, a former amateur standout that includes gold medal victories during the 2005 and 2006 Caribbean Championships, should have more than enough firepower and skills to dispatch Marriaga within the scheduled twelve rounds.