Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 by KO), nicknamed the “Axe Man”, is looking forward to knockout his Ukrainian opponent Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) when they face on November 26th for the WBO super featherweight title.
Nicholas Walters is widely popular among boxing fans for his brute strength and power. And to emphasize his capability to chop down the ultra talented Vasyl Lomachenko, the Axe Man makes a reference on how he floored Filipino boxing champion Nonito Donaire when they fought in 2014.
According to a report by Boxing Scene Nicholas Walters said, “I like fighting the best and I like fighting against a great technical fighter like Lomachenko.”
“Look at what happened when I fought a great technical fighter like Nonito Donaire. Vasyl Lomachenko is great, he knows what he is doing in the ring. But I always look for a knockout against whomever I fight. If I can do it quick, I will. This is the best fight out there in boxing today. It will be the Fight of the Year.”
Indeed, Vasyl Lomachenko vs Nicholas Walters could turn out to be a strong candidate for the Fight of the Year award considering both fighters’ power and knockout ratio. Both are not known to backpedal in their matches, although Lomachenko, nicknamed “Hi-Tech” is a more technically sound boxer.
It’s his mix of power and technical soundness that makes him a favorite to win this match. However, more fans can easily relate to Nicholas Walters’ power.
When Nicholas Walters fought Nonito Donaire, the latter was fighting above his weight division, making him vulnerable on untested grounds. Despite being too big for him, Nonito Donaire was able to win the early rounds of the fight, even staggering Walters badly in the third round.
Many believe that despite the first knockdown Nonito Donaire still could’ve won that fight had he decided against an all-out offensive that rendered him into pieces, if he boxed from a safe distance, and moved around more instead of facing him squared up in the middle of the ring.
Given Vasyl Lomachenko’s superb boxing skills, and proclivity to apply cunning strategy with a balanced attack while staying away from danger, there is little doubt he will be a tougher animal to deal with than Donaire ever was.
Nicholas Walters, who struggled to make the 126lb weight against Miguel Marriaga, and ended up in a controversial draw versus Jason Sosa, adamantly believes any fighter can be knocked out no matter whom he is.
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