Nicholas Walters believes his defeat to Miguel Marriaga in the amateurs means little when the two collide on Saturday night in New York as the Jamaican was at a loss when asked to recall the contest this week.
Walters, 29, defends his WBA featherweight belt against old foe Marriaga at the world famous Madison Square Garden Theater in a bid to cement his place as the number one in the division and will be looking to end his night early against the Colombian.
“Marriaga may have beaten me in the amateurs, but I do not remember it. Besides those fights are four rounds and on Saturday we will be fighting 12 rounds,” said Walters.
“He may be bringing his ‘A Game’ but I am bringing my ‘A-Plus Game.’ I have trained for a knockout victory. I am going to destroy him.”
‘The Scorpion’ was quick to reply to the confident champion as the 29 year-old, who holds a standout 90 percent KO ratio through 20 unblemished bouts, heads towards the first world title shot of his career in only his second fight on US soil.
“Of course Walters doesn’t remember me beating him for a spot on the Olympic team…because he lost! He’s not going to remember Saturday, June 13 for the same reason!” stated Marriaga.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with All Star Boxing, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, remaining tickets to the Walters vs. Marriaga / Verdejo vs. Najera world championship boxing event, priced at $205, $105 and $55, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.