Wal­ters ready for Lo­machenko

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Leroy Brown Gleaner Writer

WITH JUST a cou­ple days re­main­ing be­fore he chal­lenges World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WBO) Su­per feath­er­weight cham­pion Va­syl Lo­machenko for his ti­tle at the Cos­mopoli­tan Ho­tel in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada, USA, Ja­maica’s Ni­cholas ‘Ax­e­man’ Wal­ters says he is ready to get go­ing.

“I am fit and ready, and very anx­ious to get into the ring on November 26 with Va­syl, so that I can beat him and take away his ti­tle,” said Wal­ters from his train­ing base in Panama.

Ooz­ing con­fi­dence, the ‘Ax­e­man’, who earned his nick­name be­cause of the way he has cut down op­po­nents, (21 of 26), told The Gleaner that he has been train­ing very hard for the past two months, un­der the guid­ance of his lead trainer, Celso Chavez, and his as­sis­tant trainer, fa­ther Job.

“I am ac­tu­ally re­duc­ing my train­ing sched­ule now, so as to peak at the right time” added Wal­ters who has been spar­ring with box­ers from Panama, Venezuela and Gu­atemala.

ON TAR­GET

“Some af­ter­noons, I did up to 10 rounds in ad­di­tion to my bag work and speed work and a lot of rounds with the pads. I am feel­ing real good” he added.

The up­per limit for the su­per feath­er­weight di­vi­sion is 130 pounds, and he said that his weight is on tar­get, which is promis­ing news for his fans con­sid­er­ing that he lost his World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) feath­er­weight su­per ti­tle on the scale in June last year be­cause he was not able to make the 126-pound limit.

His fight against Miguel Mar­riaga on June 11 went on as a non ti­tle fight for him, and he won by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Since then he has had a draw against Ja­son Sosa in New York on De­cem­ber 19 last year and that was his last fight. It will, there­fore, be nearly a year since he last fought, but he does not think that this will be a prob­lem. His record is now 26-0-1.

Lo­machenko, who is a unique cham­pion, has had only seven pro­fes­sional

fights, and a 6-1 record. He is re­garded as a box­ing phe­nom­e­non. As an am­a­teur, he had 397 fights and lost only one, and won gold medals in the Olympics twice.

He has also had six, semi pro­fes­sional fights in the AIBA World Se­ries of Box­ing con­test, all vic­to­ries. He won the WBO feath­er­weight ti­tle in only his fourth fight, and stepped up to win the su­per feath­er­weight ti­tle on June 11 by knock­ing out the cham­pion Ro­man Martinez in five rounds. He will be a hand­ful for

Wal­ters.

WAL­TERS

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