By Robert Coster
The beautiful island of Jamaica is buzzing with excitement as big time boxing will be returning in less than a month to its sunny shores after decades of being quasi-dormant in the Caribbean tourist paradise. On December 8th at the National Indoor Sports Center in the capital city of Kingston, the WBA will hold one of its gala “KO to Drugs” boxing extravaganzas with three WBA world championships at stake. Headlining the mega-card will be a clash for the vacant WBA featherweight title between the WBA’s #1 contender and Jamaican idol Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (21-0, 17 KOs) against WBA #5 contender Daulis Prescott (26-1, 19 KOs) of Colombia. The boxers met for the first time in Kingston last week in a press conference at the Wyndham Hotel and both young men exuded confidence.
Daulis Prescott: Fighting Walters in his backyard does not intimidate me. My older brother Breidis destroyed Amir Khan in front of his home crowd in England. In the ring it will just be me and Walters, not the crowd.
Nicholas Walters: I want to be the first Jamaican to win a world title on the island itself. This will be my present to my homeland for its 50th independence anniversary. Prescott will not stand in my way.
Dubbed “Rumble on the JamRock” by the local promoters, the event will feature two WBA female world title contests: WBA super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida of Peru will defend her crown against Stacy Reile of the USA, and Alys Sanchez of Venezuela will square off against Maria Elena Villalobos of Mexico for the WBA super-bantamweight title. Also on the card will be boxers from Mexico, Panama, Belarus and Cuba with various WBA regional titles at stake.
Declared Jamaica Boxing Commissioner Stephen Jones, “This card will probably be the major sport event of the year in Jamaica and we are elated by that perspective.”