By Robert Coster
Featherweight Nicholas Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) is the first serious boxing prospect to come out of Jamaica in years. The 24-year-old, based and fighting in Panama, entered the WBA rankings last December when he won the WBA Fedelatin title. Walters is now ranked 11th and his fights are being eagerly followed by the Jamaican press and the island’s boxing fans.
“Each time I step in the ring I am conscious of the fact that I am the only ranked Jamaican boxer and that I am also fighting for my people back home. My dream is to eventually fight in my country.”
Walters turned pro in 2007 after a successful amateur career (49-11) that saw him win a gold medal at the Caribbean Games and a bronze at the Central American Games. “I shared the bronze with Yuriorkis Gamboa and look at Gamboa now. He is already a world champion.”
As to his style, Nicholas likes to think of himself as a boxer and puncher. “My hero is Mike McCallum. He was a complete fighter, he could box and he could punch.”
The lanky young Jamaican likes to talk about his experience fighting Carlos Reyes, a (13-0) Dominican prospect, for the Fedelatin crown. “I hurt my right hand midway through the fight. Carlos was a tough guy, always coming forward. I was put in a situation where I had to use all my ring skills in order to outbox my opponent. It was a hard but positive experience.”
Manager Jacques Deschamps had this to say about his young boxer, “Nicholas has a great future ahead and he is progressing with every fight. That being said, there is no need to rush him. He will challenge for a world title when he is ready.”