Donaire Looks to Return to the Big Time Against Walters

By Hamilton Nolan

In the co-featured bout, Nonito Donaire (33-2) takes on Nicholas Walters (24-0). Walters, whose nickname, “Axe Man,” is great, earned the fight by knocking out Vic Darchinyan--six months after Donaire had knocked out Vic Darchinyan in an even more brutal fashion.

Donaire was once considered one of the five best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. That ranking slipped a bit last year after Guillermo Rigondeaux proved that Donaire’s loose, almost ballerina-like athleticism could be overcome by a pure boxer. But Donaire still possesses fast feet, fast hands, and one of the fastest and most deadly left hooks in all of boxing, which sweeps in a perfect perpendicular plane and is capable of cracking a fragile human skull.

If Donaire can put on a show, bigger fights await for him. If Walters can keep his right hand up to prevent his skull from getting cracked, he has a shot.