By Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Oct. 17, 2014
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – The big Featherweight battle between Nonito Donaire and Jamaica’s Nicolas Walters was the buzz at the final press conference for the bouts this weekend at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, Calif.
It will be a father and son tandem for both camps squaring off in the ring.
Job Walters, former professional fighter, has been training his son Nicolas since he started boxing at the age of four.
“My son is the best Featherweight,” said Walter’s father.
Nonito Senior promises his son has been working super hard the last two months to prepare for Walters.
“Ibang Nonito ito,” said Donaire Sr. “Balik ang dati.”
For Walters, this fight means everything: to prove to the world that he is indeed the force to reckon with in the Featherweight class.
“This is the most important fight of my career,” said Walters. “It’s going to be death before I lose.”
Nonito had few words on stage today, preferring to do his talking in the ring.
“Sobrang ready na ako,” said Nonito. “This is it.”
Promoter Bob Arum feels the fight will not go the distance.
“I think it’s going to be a knockout either way,” said Arum.
Analysts believe this fight is so close it could go either way.
“I think the Jamaican Walters is very tough,” said Michael Rosenthal, of Ring Magazine, “And I think Donaire has lost some of his fire.”
“I think it’s 50-50,” said Kieren Mulvaney, of HBO Boxing. “Jamaican is hungry … powerful, but Nonito has experience.”
Nonito says he will have no problem making the 126 pound limit tomorrow. His weight loss has been gradual and very comfortable. While in LA, Donaire runs regularly by the ocean.
“This is my best training camp,” said Donaire.
An explosive fight that will end in a knockout. As to who will deliver the knockout punch between Donaire and Walters remains to be seen on fight night.