Four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire is weary of the threat in front of him this weekend, but at the same time has doubts about the quality of opposition faced by upcoming foe Nicholas Walters.
The 31 year-old puts his WBA ‘super’ featherweight belt up for grabs in a unification against Walters’ regular title on the Golovkin v Rubio event on Saturday night and stated that he expects a real battle with the undefeated Jamaican at Wednesday’s media workouts.
“Confident fighters are dangerous fighters. I know that. But there other fighters who said before a fight they were stronger than me, hit harder, were going to knock me out,” said Donaire.
“Walters is a good champion but really how many quality fights has he been in compared to where I have been in my career?
“We both have speed, we both have power. It’s an explosive fight. This is going to end in a knockout. I will go into the ring and do my best.”
Walters, 28, has impressively stopped 20 from 24 wins since making his debut in 2008, including his last four outings at world level – leading to some giving the ‘Axe Man’ a real shot at an upset.
The fight takes place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will be televised on HBO.
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