Walters dominates Donaire en route to sixth round stoppage
Milan Ordoñez on Oct 19, 2014 01:06 PM
MANILA – As foretold by many, not only did Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters deliver fireworks, but the “Axe Man” also introduced himself to the world. Coming into the fight, most spectators and even Bob Arum himself predicted a difficult night for “The Filipino Flash”, mainly due to the opposition’s punching power. But to Donaire’s credit, though, his experience as a champion and boxing veteran was on display in the bout’s onset. In the opening rounds, it seemed like a leveled playing field, as Donaire was able to intelligently go toe-to-toe with Walters, and was not too reliant on his patented left hook. Instead, he was mixing up his punches, and in a rare occurrence, was throwing more body shots than usual. The third round, however, changed the complexion of the fight for the Filipino boxer, as Walters was able to land an uppercut to score a knockdown. From then on, Donaire was holding on for dear life by choosing to fight within clinch range, instead. While it did work for a brief moment, the Jamaican’s thudding blows were just too much for Nonito to handle. As the end of the sixth round approached, Walters right hands had connected, with the second one landing right on the button. The bigger man’s punching power sent Donaire face-first to the canvas, and while he did make the standing eight-count, referee Raul Caiz Jr. had seen enough, and put the fight to a halt. During the post-fight interview, Walters proved to be a gracious victor, as he lauded Donaire, both for his skills and accomplishments in boxing. "I respect him. He caught me early on,” Walters said during his post-fight interview with HBO analyst Max Kellerman. “He had power and speed. He was good. I thank Donaire for giving me this opportunity so I can display my talent to HBO and the world." Donaire, on the other hand, did admit that he was overwhelmed by his opponent’s size and power. "He's an amazing fighter. I'm getting older, but I'm not taking anything from Walters,” the Filipino boxer said in turn. "I was at my best. I've never trained this hard. I've never, ever trained this hard. He came out as tough as I thought he would be. Just the size that he had over me, I couldn't move.” Walters maintains an undefeated record, and improves to a win-loss slate of 25-0, with 21 knockouts, while Donaire drops to 33-3, with 21 knockouts.