AXE FALLS on THE FLASH Walters Kayoes Donaire In Round Six

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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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COMMENTS

-King Beef :

That long left jab by Walters controlled the fight. Thought he was gonna blow it trying to hook with Donaire at the end of the 2nd.


-DaveB :

Donaire buzzed Walters in the second and that was about all that he did. When Walters got hurt he momentarily gain respect and fought a little less aggressively but that didn't last long. Donaire relied to much on trying to knock him out but that is who Donaire is. It is like Teddy Atlas said if you are a zebra you cannot say I want spots now because spots are better. So Donaire fought the way he is. There must have been a reason for no body work. I like Walters but how long he will last is anyone's guess. If you live by the sword........ But until that time he is an exciting new face in boxing and he seems like a good guy.


-the Roast :

Quality fight. Proving once again that size matters. Donaire runs into a bigger, stronger fighter and gets blasted out in a competitive match. This was a preview of the Kovalev-Hopkins fight. The bigger stronger Kovalev will land bombs at some point. Bernard can tuck his chin but he will be vulnerable to the punch high on the head or temple. At that point his legs will go and the end will follow.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I hate to say I told you so. I predicted Donaire would get dominated and basically only have a puncher's chance. Bring on Lomachenko now, that will be an exciting fight for as long as it last. The ax man is no joke!


-Radam G :

I hate to say I told you so. I predicted Donaire would get dominated and basically only have a puncher's chance. Bring on Lomachenko now, that will be an exciting fight for as long as it last. The ax man is no joke!
Don't hate it! You told us so. The ax man is no joke or tin man. He is solid. But I think that V-Lo can trick him. And out slick him. I thought that the Filipino Flash was going to kayo him. True da! True da! But the rule boy was not a crude boy. D@mn! He is surprisingly legit. Holla!


-Denise Alvarez :

It was sad to see Nonito Donaire go down like that. He is showing signs of slowing down, he kept missing and he fought in spurts. Just when l thought he was going to let Walters have it, his energy would diminish. He took his loss gracefully and l see retirement in the not so distant future.


-Radam G :

It was sad to see Nonito Donaire go down like that. He is showing signs of slowing down, he kept missing and he fought in spurts. Just when l thought he was going to let Walters have it, his energy would diminish. He took his loss gracefully and l see retirement in the not so distant future.
Good boksing eyes, Denise. A lot of fight energy was lost from too much weight gain. Males in our original ways are hunters and gathers. And in those days that we did that we did it because of hungry. Hunger kept us alert and zero in on the kill. Being slightly hungry give you most energy, speed and snap strength. Going back down in weight will re-ignite the speed demon killa in ND with accuracy and knockout power. Holla!


-The Shadow :

Does Nonito still work with Victor Conte?


-Radam G :

Does Nonito still work with Victor Conte?
NO! Conte resigned from working with boxer. Holla!


-stormcentre :

I think (and I thought this before Donaire fought Walters) Rigo took something out of Donaire. Nevertheless Nonito is a quality guy/operator. Thing is, he hasn't been the same in the gym since Rigo dissected him, and the last thing Donaire needed in his next big fight (yes I know Nonito has fought in between Rigo and Walters) was a (bigger) guy like Walters that also has speed and some power. Still, tis the fight game and boyz need to get paid. Someone please put Rigo and Walters in the same ring and tell them winner takes the cash. Probably not a good for Walter's health though.


-brownsugar :

I'd like to see it. Rigo says he can make bantamweight without any trouble and fights at 122 to get the bigger fights. Rigo also says 126 is a bit heavy but he may consider it for a big enough purse however he was clear that he wasn't chasing anyone at that weight. Maybe things will change with time.


-The Shadow :

I'd like to see it. Rigo says he can make bantamweight without any trouble and fights at 122 to get the bigger fights. Rigo also says 126 is a bit heavy but he may consider it for a big enough purse however he was clear that he wasn't chasing anyone at that weight. Maybe things will change with time.
Interesting stuff. Where did you see this?


-The Commish :

I did an interview in NYC (using an interpreter) with Rigo around this time of year in 201. It was shortly before he won the 122-pound belt from Rico Ramos. I asked if he planned on moving up to featherweight before much longer. "I am very comfortable at 122," he replied. Then he surprised me when he said, "I can move down to 118 quicker and easier than I can move to 126. I don't even walk around at 126. I can get to 118 with no problem." Indeed, he can. When he beat Ramos for the Super Bantamweight crown, Rigo weighed 120 1/2. In his very last defense, back in July, he weighed 121 1/2. In his massive amateur record, during which time he won two Olympic gold medals (2000 & 2004), he fought most of his fights as a bantamweight. In several of his earlier amateur fights, he fought bantamweights while weighing considerably less than the flyweight limit of 112. I'm sure if the money was right, Rigo would get in against Nicholas Walters or Vasyl Lomachenko. He may even beat them. Why should he, though? He is already showing himself to be one of history's great 122-pound champions, and just may drop down and wreak havoc on the world's bantamweights. We have spoken about era greats and all-time greats in other posts. Guillermo Rigondeaux is an era great who is rapidly closing in on becoming an all-time great. Hopefully, he doesn't throw away his impending legendary status for the sake of the almight dollar. -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

I'd like to see it. Rigo says he can make bantamweight without any trouble and fights at 122 to get the bigger fights. Rigo also says 126 is a bit heavy but he may consider it for a big enough purse however he was clear that he wasn't chasing anyone at that weight. Maybe things will change with time.
Yep - it would be a good scrap wouldn't it? And . . it would be as hotly anticipated as Ward V Golovkin too.


-brownsugar :

I did an interview in NYC (using an interpreter) with Rigo around this time of year in 201. It was shortly before he won the 122-pound belt from Rico Ramos. I asked if he planned on moving up to featherweight before much longer. "I am very comfortable at 122," he replied. Then he surprised me when he said, "I can move down to 118 quicker and easier than I can move to 126. I don't even walk around at 126. I can get to 118 with no problem." Indeed, he can. When he beat Ramos for the Super Bantamweight crown, Rigo weighed 120 1/2. In his very last defense, back in July, he weighed 121 1/2. In his massive amateur record, during which time he won two Olympic gold medals (2000 & 2004), he fought most of his fights as a bantamweight. In several of his earlier amateur fights, he fought bantamweights while weighing considerably less than the flyweight limit of 112. I'm sure if the money was right, Rigo would get in against Nicholas Walters or Vasyl Lomachenko. He may even beat them. Why should he, though? He is already showing himself to be one of history's great 122-pound champions, and just may drop down and wreak havoc on the world's bantamweights. We have spoken about era greats and all-time greats in other posts. Guillermo Rigondeaux is an era great who is rapidly closing in on becoming an all-time great. Hopefully, he doesn't throw away his impending legendary status for the sake of the almight dollar. -Randy G.
Agreed!!!! excellent post