By Robert Coster
WBA #1 featherweight contender Nicholas Walters, flanked by manager Jacques Deschamps, has signed the contract for the mandatory WBA featherweight title fight and the document was in turn sent to reigning champion Celestino Caballero. Up to now, the WBA champion has shown reluctance to fight the unbeaten, Jamaican-born Walters (21-0, 17 KOs) and should he decline the mandatory title defense, Caballero will likely be stripped of his crown.
“We are delighted that Nicholas will have the opportunity to fight for the world title against Caballero — or another opponent,” declared manager Deschamps. “The ball is in the champion’s corner and we’ll be waiting for his decision.”
The bid for the WBA featherweight title was held on September 20th at the WBA headquarters in Panama and won by Canelo Promotions represented by Mr Patrick Buteau of Premium Boxing Promotions (Walters’ promotors). Both boxers had 20 days following the bid to sign the contract.
The proposed title fight would be held on December 8th in Jamaica and manager Deschamps was quick to point the importance of the venue for his young boxer. “Nicholas is looking to be the first Jamaican boxer to win the world title in his native land.” Historically, three previous Jamaicans – Bunny Grant, Percy Hayes and Richard Clarke – failed in their quest to become world champions in their homeland.