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Nicholas Walters boxes and controls Miguel Marriaga

Saturday 13th June, 2015 at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, USA, Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters wins a comprehensive, decisive 12-round points decision over Colombian challenger Miguel “Scorpion” Marriaga.

Montego Bay, Jamaica no longer has a WBA featherweight champion, as Walters failed to make weight beforehand but his unbeaten record remains intact. The title was only on the line for Marriaga.

Opening two rounds and Walters showing a solid jab and picking good shots to the body. Steady, disciplined first two rounds by the “Axe Man”. The third sees more of the same, Walters dictating the space and using his height and range, Marriaga not closing the gap and getting very little home.

The fourth and the challenger finally has success, landing right hands at different points of the round, which gain Walters full attention. Best action of the fight so far. Walters finishes the round strongly. The fifth and the Colombian starts with more purpose, is in range, but it’s Walters who overall has the better variety and his very impressive orthodox jab. Round six, Marriaga is reaching and leaping when trying to land his power-shots, the result is he’s missing. Walters feet are more planted and he has the range, still working steadily and another round in the bank.

Seventh round, Walters dominant and looking to get more powerful shots in, one strays low but unintentional. More trading in the eighth and at the end of the round a right hand has Marriaga in some trouble and forces a hasty retreat. The Jamaican is now like a predator in the hunt, landing more rights.
Near the end of the round, Miguel launches an overhand right but is lunging – gets hit by a counter right and is sent sprawling towards the ropes. Referee issues a count and the bell goes.

Round ten and eleven, competitive rounds and plenty of trading, the “Axe Man” always a step ahead. Final round, Marriaga throws and lands some wild hooks but Walters reply is to punish him.

A really mature, disciplined performance by Nicholas Walters, who showed he is more than just a puncher. If he does move up, the rest of the Featherweight division will be happy to see him go. The 29-year-old is going to be very difficult to beat for anyone and has the size to compete, in the Junior Lightweight division.

Judges scores all for the dominant and worthy winner Nicholas Walters: 118-109, 117-110, 119-108. Walters was fined $40,000 and lost his WBA featherweight title, due to not making the 126lb limit.

New Professional Records: Nicholas Walters 26-0, 21 KOS; Miguel Marriaga 20-1, 18 KOs.