Feature | May 18 2015

EXCLUSIVE After toppling Nonito Donaire Nicholas Walters plans to rule the featherweight division

Walters tells Paul Wheeler why the 'Axeman' will take over
Nicolas Walters

GROWING up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, surrounded by a troop of fellow young males with energy to burn, Nicholas Walters was always going to have opportunities to try out his boxing skills from an early age. Add to this the fact that his father, Job Walters, was a professional boxer, and you begin to realise that it was almost predestined that he would go on to become a fighter.

“There were 10 boys in our household, so there were a lot of fights!” Walters remembers with a chuckle. “I had my two brothers and lots of male cousins, so I’d often put the gloves on and punch with them. We weren’t the wealthiest, but we had a lot of love in our family, so I had a great time as a kid.

“I remember my dad doing his boxing training – his skipping and shadow-boxing. From a very young age, I wanted to learn how he skipped and performed these movements. When I saw him in the ring, it interested me and I wanted to do the same. That’s where it all started for me.”

 

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