Axeman closer to a return to the ring – Jamaica Boxing Board president

By December 30, 2019
Nicholas Walters Nicholas Walters

The sport of boxing in Jamaica has been missing the likes of former WBA World Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, but that could soon change, according to president of the Jamaica Boxing Board, Stephen Jones.

According to the JBB boss, Walters, who has not fought since a technical knockout loss to Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO World Junior Lightweight championship, has been a great ambassador for the sport in the island and is still a big name in the ring.

Walters quit in the sixth round of his fight with Lomachenko and returned a year later when he was to fight Arturo Santos Reyes, however, he had to call off the fight with the Mexican after coming down with the flu.

“The last conversation that I had with him (Walters) a few months ago, he was fully committed to coming back into the fighting game,” said Jones in an an interview with Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner.

More than just indicating a willingness to get back into the ring, Jones believes Walters, who some have believed lost the passion for fighting after his loss to Lomachenko, was in the right frame of mind for a comeback.

“His mind was right and he just had to get himself back into fighting shape, and not only just to make the weight, but make sure that his fitness is at a high level,” said Jones.

At 33 years old, Walters does not have a lot of time to stage a comeback at the moment and this gives Jones the feeling, his return could be very soon.

“I am not sure how far he is in that (training) regard, but I am encouraged ... because being not just a fan, I think he was one of the most incredible talents and enough time has past and his coming back would have to be anytime now,” he said.

Jones believes that Walters’ wins and pedigree over the course of his career, overshadow any failings he may have had in his recent past and that his return can augur well for the sport.

“I think that (would) be a major boost for boxing in Jamaica because Nicholas Walters is still a tremendous name in boxing,” said Jones.

“I think it will also be a major boost for boxing worldwide because he was a world champion and he fought some incredible opponents and he had some incredible wins,” he said.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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