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Can Nonito Donaire stand up to the power of Nicholas Walters?

Nicholas Walters
Nicholas Walters

By John J. Raspanti

WBA world super featherweight champion Nonito Donaire burst on the boxing scene seven years ago when he knocked out Vic Darchinyan with one punch.


By 2012, Donaire (31-2, 23 KOs) was considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the game. He capped off the year by winning Fighter of the Year honors.


Donaire, 31, hasn’t been the same boxer since Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated him in a junior featherweight unification match in April 2013. He’s won his last two fights, but was hardly impressive.


On October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, WBA world super feather champion Donaire will face the dangerous Nicholas Walters who’s knocked out 20 of his 24 opponents. Put your money on your pick using the best sports betting app.


Walter believes that Donaire will be his next victim.


“Confident fighters are dangerous fighters,” said Donaire at yesterday’s final press conference. “I know that. But there other fighters who said before a fight they were stronger than me, hit harder, were going to knock me out. Walters is a good champion but really how many quality fights has he been in compared to where I have been in my career?


“We both have speed, we both have power. It’s an explosive fight. This is going to end in a knockout. I will go into the ring and do my best.”


Walters, 28, respects Donaire.


“Donaire is a very good champion,” said Walters. “We both have speed and power. The difference is intelligence. I was born to fight. The bigger the fight the better. If Donaire isn’t right, he’s going to get knocked out.


“Maybe five rounds, maybe less. Not sure yet. But you know what? Donaire stepped up and took this fight. He didn’t have to.”


Walters is a powerful puncher, but Donaire has the edge in experience.

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