Nicholas Walters, former WBA featherweight champion and now fighting at 130 pounds, welcomed gym mate’s Jezreel Corrales to the top of the division following his win over Japanese Takashi Uchiyama in Tokyo.
Before his trip to Japan, Corrales had declared that he will knock Uchiyama out and duly went there and did the impossible.
Jamaican Walters has now said that from his point of view, Corrales followed through with a very nice fight after sending his congratulations to Corrales and his team.
“It is easy to win the title, it is difficult to keep. I always heard that but I learned how difficult when I became champion. It can happen the same the same to Corrales.
“We are friends, but now comes all the things that can take away your focus. Now more than ever he needs to be in the gym, working harder because he is not just a boxer, he is now a super-champion.”
“Nobody believed in him, nobody wanted to think of him as champion, but now we all want to believe in him. He must devote his life to the sport and hope he can stay a champion,” he said.