Walters too big and strong, avenges amateur loss to Marriaga

Nicholas Walters proved to be the better fighter as the Jamaican settled an old Olympic score with Miguel Marriaga ahead of an imminent move up in weight to the super featherweight limit.

At Friday’s weigh-in, Walters, 29, lost his WBA ‘super’ 126lb belt for scaling 1.4lbs over and on fight night was noticeably bigger than Marriaga as he cruised to a one-sided victory 119,-108, 118-109 and 117-110 on the cards.

Apart from the fourth round which saw Marriaga gain his only success, Walters was in complete control and saw out the win with minimal fuss. The ‘Axe-Man’ dropped Marriaga in the ninth session of what turned out to be a walk in the part for the former world champion who has some thinking to do about his next move.

Walters, who is now 26-0 with 22 KO’s, could call for one of the current sanctioning bodies to grant him an immediate shot at a 130lb title due to his featherweight exploits – which have boosted his pound for pound standing considerably in recent months.

For Marriaga, its back to the drawing board on the back of a first loss for the Colombian, who drops to 20-1 and is relinquished of any previous bragging rights from his four-round win over Walters with the vest and headguard.