—- Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank
In the HBO TV opener, Nonito Donaire took on younger gun Nicholas Walters, a Jamaican hitter who took a belt and a less impressive resume in with him against the Filipino Flash from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA.
Ah, that resume looks a heckuva lot better now; Walters aka “The Axe Man” dropped and stopped Donaire, a former champ at fly, super fly, bantam, super bantam and current WBA super world featherweight champ, in round six.
He sent Donaire down in the third, and the end came in round six, at 2:59, from a thudding right. Donaire looked out of his weight class, a notch weaker than the Jamaican. Walters went 85-284 to 40-169 for Donaire, who tasted the power in the third, big time, and seemed hesitant to truly mix it up with the obviously stronger man.
Walters afterwards thanked Donaire for the opp, and said Nonito is a strong boxer. He said he “invited Nonito into me” and likened it to fishing, when he landed the right high on the head, after Donaire missed a launch. The classy Donaire lauded the winner after. He called him “an amazing person,” and thanked the fans for coming out. He said he was at his best, and said Walters is the man. Classy Donaire, all the way. “The size that he had over me, I couldn’t move…he knocked the (crap) out of me,” he said. Max Kellerman hinted at asking if he would retire. Donaire said he will be thinking about it all, moving down, or hanging them up. ”
Nonito was 125 1/2 (133 on fight night) on Friday, while Walters scaled in at 125 1/2 (138).
The Filipino-born Donaire, who lives in Cali, came in with a 33-2 with 21 KOs record, while the WBA featherweight champ Walters entered at 24-0 with 20 Kos.
In the first, Nonito went down, but it was ruled a slip. Walters advanced and Nonito wanted to move and counter. Replay showed a right landed on the shoulder, but he did seem to lose his balance, slip. In the second, Walters jabbed, and ate a left hook ok. Nonito worked to the body, got busier, and did better than in the first. Walters ate a low blow and got a little break. Walters ate a left hook and didn’t like the taste at the end of the round.
In the third, Nonito didn’t really bother jabbing his way in. Walters’ jab worked so well when he hurled it. Nonito went down, off a right uppercut. They traded to end the round. In the fourth, we saw blood on Nonito’s left eye. Donaire used a jab more. He was cautious, felt that power, and respected the Jamaican.
In the fifth, Walters kept pressing. Nonito backed up, and ate power shots. Nonito traded on the ropes to end the round. In the sixth, the blood flowed on Nonito. Walters slipped smartly, and stayed busy, imposed his body on Donaire. Two rights sent Nonito down, and he was up at nine plus, but too woozy. The ref ended the scrap, with Donaire stumbling, battered, buzzed, beaten…
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