Walters wins one-sided points victory over Marriaga, WBA title remains vacant
Former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KOs) defeated Miguel Marriaga (20-1, 18 KOs) of Columbia, by a lopsided unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Walters scored a knockdown in the 9th round and dominated Marriaga with ease to win by scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.
Walters remained unbeaten and avenged an amateur loss to Marriaga, however, he had already lost his title on the scale after failing to make the 126-pound division weight limit.
Both fighters were looking to land with big shots but it was the Jamaican puncher known as "The Axe Man," who outlanded Marriaga throughout.
Only Marriaga was eligible to win the WBA belt, so the title remains vacant.
Also on the card, in another battle of the unbeatens, Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) easily outpointed American contender Ivan Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) over 10 rounds in a lightweight contest.
Verdejo dropped Najera in the 5th and 7th round before winning by scores of 100-88, 100-88 and 99-89.