Nicholas Walters is looking for big opponents in 2016. As if he hasn’t already faced big-time opposition in his professional career. He represents one of Nonito Donaire’s three career professional losses, which is truly an incredible achievement. He knocked out Vic Darchinyan and is currently undefeated as a professional. That is quite an impressive resume for anybody to put together, but Walters is looking for more. Tonight, he will cap off 2015 in a fight with Puerto Rican boxer Jason Sosa, hopefully demonstrating his ability to take on elite-level opponents.
Considering his relatively large size for a 126-lb. featherweight, Walters is not physically relegated to a single weight class. In his fight with Sosa, he will move up to 130-lb. (super featherweight), making his physical composition more representative of his natural body type. At 5’7”, Walters could move all the way up to lightweight (135-lb.) and not be physically dwarfed. And given the sound fundamentals of his defense and strong, compact punching power, it’s not as if he would be punching above his weight.
Walters’ fight with Nonito Donaire is a prime example of the kind of substance that got him to the top of the game as a professional. Donaire had been considered by many as one of the pound-for-pound best, and would frequently obliterate skilled opponents with premier boxing-punching skills. Nicholas Walters came into the fight working behind a disciplined jab, conservative defense, and stiff right-hand power punches. The combination of technique overwhelmed the oft-improvised boxing of Nonito Donaire and closed the show with a devastating right uppercut at close range that dropped Donaire to the canvas. Since the world got a chance to see Walters at that big of a stage, he has not disappointed audiences with his performances.
Looking forward to his fight with Jason Sosa, Walters need only continue the way he has been boxing to make the fight competitive. In the past, Jason Sosa has had great success in technical knockout and knockout victories by means of a surprisingly technical style. That being said, Walters will have his hands full, and the fight will be made all the more exciting by the hunger each man will have: Walters is looking to prove himself ready for top-tier opposition and Sosa will get to try to dethrone one of the top up-and-coming boxers in the world.
Nicholas Walters has clawed his way to the top with gutsy, but focused performances. He is the archetype people are referring to when they say “solid”. After his fight with Jason Sosa, we will have a clearer picture of the future direction of Walters’ career, but win, lose or draw it is no stretch to say that we could very well be witnessing the development of a fan favorite in featherweight boxing.