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  Boxing

Upbeat Walters Due Here Monday

 
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer

Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters will arrive in Jamaica on Monday, December 3, to complete training for his clash with Colombian boxer Daulis Prescott, in the 'Wray & Nephew Rumble on Jamrock', for the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title, on December 8 at the National Indoor Sport Centre. This will be the main bout on a seven-fight card being promoted by Premium Boxing Promotions and SportsMax. Prescott is expected to arrive on December 5.

Speaking to The Gleaner on Tuesday from Panama, Walters was upbeat and declared that he was "in the best condition of my life. I am raring to go". He has been undergoing some gruelling sessions under the guidance of his chief trainer Celso Chavez, he said. Ten rounds of sparring with his sparring partners Barnie Arguellas, Evens Pierre and German Jurado is the norm. In addition, he does several rounds of shadow boxing, skipping and punching the various bags to complete his activity for a day.

'my stamina is great'

"For weeks, I was running in the hills and my stamina is great," he volunteered.

He even pointed to the fact that on Sunday, November 11 he was the first boxer across the line in a 10K race put on by the WBA in Panama, to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. More than 800 persons participated, including dozens of boxers, some of whom are current champions, as well as former champions. They all finished behind him, as he turned in a time of 33 minutes 20 seconds, only four minutes behind the winner, Rafael 'El Zorro' Vega, a professional runner form Panama.

While in Jamaica, he said he will be "just keeping loose and sharp. The hard work will be completed this week."

His manager, Jacques Deschamps, who lives in Haiti, told The Gleaner that the reports from trainer Chavez have all been positive, and Walters himself told him last night that he is feeling great. "I think that he is going to put on a good show," said Deschamps.

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