Nonito Donaire vs Nicholas Walters Scheduled For October 18th Golovkin-Rubio Card

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | 0

WBA super featherweight champion Nonito Donaire will return to action on October 18th, as he is slated to face undefeated Jamaican “Axe Man” Nicholas Walters. The ‘World super unification’ bout will go down as the co-main event for the feature fight between Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio. “The Filipino Flash” has a big task ahead of him in Walters, as the unbeaten WBA world featherweight boss will hold a height and significant reach advantage over Donaire.


Last five fights for Nonito Donaire: Simpiwi Vetyeka (TD win rd 5), Vic Darchinyan (TKO win rd 9), Guillermo Rigondeaux (decision loss), Jorge Arce (KO win rd 3), Toshiaki Nishioka (TKO win rd 9)

This fight is an echo of Donaire’s outing against Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 2013; Walters is taller, stronger and likes to fight with powerful long shots. Donaire may have the nod in speed, but I believe this bout is all about the technique and movement. To avoid being kept on the end of jabs all night, the smaller man will have to wrk to get inside, and work hard.

Rigondeaux was able to put a reasonably sound beating on Donaire, and he did it by using his strong jab. Lessons should have been learned that night, after the 12-round UD loss cost Donaire his WBO/WBA super bantamweight titles. The trademark left hook of “The Filipino Flash” will take a lot of effort to find it’s home, and “Axe Man” has never been beaten, let alone stopped.

Nov. 9, 2013, Corpus Christi, Texas  --- WBA Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters knocks out Alberto Garza of Mexico  in the 4th round,Saturday, November 9.   at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.  --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2013

Last five fights for Walters: Vic Darchinyan (KO win rd 5), Alberto Gaza (TKO win rd 4), Daulis Prescott (TKO win rd 7), Gustavo Sandoval (TKO win rd 4), Hector Javier Marquez (decision win).

So Walters now has the chance to merge his title and become the WBA super world featherweight champion, and it would appear he has all the tools to do so. His knockout power has seen him rocket to a 24-0 record, with just four wins going to the judges. He has also the physical advantages of height and reach over his Filipino opponent in October.

For “Axe Man” he will look to keep Donaire at range, pick his punches and capitalize when he has the openings. He won’t want to rush in all guns blazing, as “Flash” packs a pretty big bang in his left hook. Look for a composed and cerebral performance from the Jamaican champ, plenty of jabs and potentially a lopsided affair.

The addition of the title unification bout adds some excitement to an already great card. Gennady Golovkin and Marcio Antonio Rubio will headline the October 18th event, which will take place in the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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