On Saturday, December 19, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, former WBA Super World featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, returns to active against Jason “El Canito” Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KOs), from Camden, New Jersey, in a 10-round junior lightweight special attraction.
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 stoppng Daulis Prescott. 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.
After the defeat, Donaire complained that Walters was no featherweight. As if to prove that observation, Walters lost his next fight on the scale to Michael Marriaga. He was only a pound overweight, but overweight is overweight.
It was an embarrassing way to lose a title.
Walters is finally moving up in weight and hopefully the scale will no longer be a problem.
“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 (where he trains), get into Verona, New York, and get inside the ring. Boxing is my passion.”
Sosa has not lost a fight in four years and has stopped his last 13 opponents.
“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. 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), 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 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, he can do the same for “The Real King Kong.”
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