This early, a number of boxing pundits are touting Nicholas Walters’ winning 10 of his last 11 bouts by knockout, which may make some boxing fans to think that he can steamroll our very own Nonito Donaire when they meet on October 18.
Well, I was actually scared of the prospect of Donaire meeting Walters this early, because the Jamaican packs a wallop and enjoys a significant reach advantage over the Filipino.
But a closer look at the last 11 wins of Walters from boxrec.com shows that except for an aging Vic Darchinyan, Walters has not beaten anyone of note in his last 11 bouts. So I wonder why there are quarters ballyhooing the Jamaican’s 24-0 record that has 20 stoppages.
There are three other boxers whom Walters knocked out who had respectable records: Irving Berry, who was stopped in the sixth round, had a record of 21-2-2 with 9 knockouts when he met Walters on October 2011; Dalius Presscot, who was stopped in the seventh round, had a record of 26-1 with 19 KOs when he met Walters on December 2012; and Alberto Garza, who was knocked out in the fifth round, had a record of 25-5-1 with 20 KOs when he fought Walters on March this year.
The other fighters Walters met in his last 11 bouts had records of 10-2-1 (Gustavo Sandoval), 30-23 (Hector Javier Marquez), 14-8-1 (Argel Salinas), 17-7-3 (Gonzalo Munguia), 8-2 (Julio Camano), 9-3 (Jose Miguel Payares), and 7-16-1 (Alexander Alonso). But the way, Marquez, the fighter with the 30-23 record, survived 12 rounds with Walters.
On the other hand, Donaire has beaten a good number of champions in his last 11 fights: Darchinyan, Fernando Montiel, Hernan Marquez, Jeffrey Ma-thebula, Wilfredo Vasquez Jr., Omar Andrez Narvaez, Jorge Arce and Toshiaki Nishioka. While he failed to knock out Mathebula and Vasquez, Donaire was able to deposit both to the canvas. Simpiwe Vetyeka was also knocked down by Donaire in the Filipino’s latest fight.
While there are criticisms that most of the champions Donaire beat were smaller than him, it is obvious that the battling titleholders is much better than fighting boxers who have so-so records.
So can we say Donaire can steamroll Walters? Not so fast . . .
Walters, even if he has faced and stopped inferior opponents, still has knockout power and definitely a reach advantage. And the question remains if the Donaire of the old will show up in the ring in October.
But then, Walters’ limited championship experience is a weakness the Donaire camp can exploit to the fullest, and the Filipino may yet be the hardest puncher the Jamaican may face in the ring.
My advise to Donaire is to train like hell, as if there is no tomorrow or fighting for the first time for a championship. The Filipino should further sharpen his left hook so it can pop out of nowhere with power to put a moose to sleep.
A lot of boxing pundits usually compare how Walters and Donaire fared against Darchinyan, and it is obvious that the Jamaican had a better showing. But then, what type of performance can you expect from a boxer who had been stopped in his recent fight?
“Donaire haters” will also harp on how he lost to Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13, 2013, but put the Cuban in front of Walters and let’s see what the outcome will be.
If Walters will be facing Rigondeaux on October 13 instead of Donaire, I’ll be rooting for the Cuban. You know what I mean.