NICHOLAS WALTERS SIGNS WITH TOP RANK
Paper title bout to precede HBO telecast
Press Release: Promoter Bob Arum announced today the signing of Nicholas "The Axe Man" Walters to a promotional contract with his company, who will be promoting Walters in association with Warriors Boxing and Premium Boxing Promotions. Walters (22-0, 18 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, will make the first defense of his WBA regular featherweight title on a November 9th tripleheader. The WBA recognizes Chris John as its super champion, and John is the legitimate world champion in this division, having remained unbeaten for years after his win over Juan Manuel Marquez.
HBO's broadcast that night features a WBO junior lightweight title bout between Rocky Martinez vs. Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire's rematch against former two-division champion Vic Darchinyan and the Vanes Martirosyan vs. Demetrius Andrade vacant 154-pound belt tilt. Walters title defense will be televised live on Top Rank's international broadcast only.
The 27-year-old Walters enters this fight having won eight of his last nine bouts by way of knockout. He captured the [paper] WBA regular title last December, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs), in the seventh round.
"It's a dream and a privilege come true for me to be with Top Rank, the top promotional company in the world," said Walters. "And as they have made many great fighters with the likes of Ali, Leonard De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, just to name a few, I hope that they will help me reach my different goals in the future."
"We are delighted Nicholas Walters, the WBA featherweight champion, has become a Top Rank fighter," said Arum. "We really envision greatness for Walters and his future. His first fight will be a [title] defense in Corpus Christi on November 9th. Our boxing card there now will include four major fights, including three world championships and unquestionably this will be the greatest fight card ever in Corpus Christi."
"I know that Nicholas is a spirited and a disciplined fighter whose boxing style will please the boxing fans of America. He will be an exciting TV fighter, one who will make both Top Rank and HBO proud," said Jacques Deschamps, Walters' manager.