By Robert Coster, reporting ringside from Kingston
Photos: Olivier Monserrat-Robert (FFB)
Big time boxing returned to Jamaica as native son Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (22-0, 18 KOs) put on a flawless performance in winning the vacant WBA featherweight title with a definitive seventh round TKO over Daulis Prescott (26-2, 19 KOs) of Colombia at the National Indoor Centre in Kingston. Working behind a lashing jab, Walters displayed a very complete array of skills, taking apart his opponent with combination punching to the body and the head, uppercuts and short right crosses. The “Axeman” knocked down his Colombian foe in the fourth and fifth rounds. Prescott, however, fought back bravely and tried to turn the fight into a street brawl. He did catch Walters with some good punches in the sixth round but the young Jamaican refused to fall into the trap and stuck to his fight plan. The end came at 39 seconds of the seventh with Walters catching Prescott with a vicious hook to the liver followed by a short right cross. Prescott fell heavily to the canvas but courageously got up to the count of 9. Referee Rafael Ramos, however, prevented the wobbly Colombian from receiving any more punishment, calling an end to the fight. The victory was all the sweeter for Walters as he became the first Jamaican to win a world title on Jamaican soil.
Two other WBA titles were on the line on the five bout card:
Alyn Sanchez of Venezuela won the WBA interim super Bantamweight title with a close but unanimous decision over Ana Maria Villalobos of Mexico. The local crowd loudly booed the decision as they considered that the always aggressive Mexican deserved the nod.
In another female bout, Kina Malpartida of Peru retained her WBA super featherweight crown with a unanimous decision over one day subsitute Marilyn Hernandez of the Dominican Republic. Malpartida got a scare when she was knocked down in the fourth round by her game Dominican opponent. She recovered and fighting from a distance, used her height and reach advantage to win a comfortable unanimous decision.