Nicholas Walters set to meet Miguel Marriaga on June 13
WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters will fight unbeaten challenger Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) on June 13 at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York.
Walters, 29, known as "The Axe Man, is regarded by many as the elite featherweight in the world after crushing knockout wins over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire. Next the Jamaican puncher will defend his WBA title against Colombian Marriaga, who has already defeated him. He owns an amateur victory against Walters in a 2008 Olympic qualifier.
Marriaga, 27, who has stopped 12 of his last 13 opponents, can also punch, so this should be interesting for as long as it lasts.
Walters said: "Headlining at Madison Square Garden is every fighter's dream. I have unfinished business with Miguel Marriaga. He kept me out of the 2008 Olympics when he beat me in the Americas Olympic Qualifier, and I am ready to pay him back. I am going to chop him with the axe."
Marriaga said: "I am happy to be fighting at the legendary Madison Square Garden. I was born to be world champion, and come June 13, I will be victorious."
Also on the card, in another battle of the unbeatens, Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) takes on American contender Ivan Najera (16-0, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round lightweight bout.