Nonito Donaire Vs Nicholas Walters – Preview, Prediction and Betting Tip


Nonito Donaire Vs Nicholas Walters

Preview, Prediction and Betting Tip

WBA Super featherweight Champion Nonito Donaire will take on undefeated and big hitting Jamaican Nicholas Walters in what could be a mouthwatering clash. According to the bookmakers this is a 50/50 fight and I happen to agree with them on that but only because Donaire has looked considerably faded in his last couple of fights. 

Walters is undefeated with a KO ratio of 83% having dispatched 20 opponents from 24 fights he is a tall, rangy powerful fighter with an unrefined style that almost looks uneasy at times. Walters has a significant height and reach advantage on pretty much all opponents however it doesn’t seem like he has quite mastered how to use it to his full advantage. 

Walters is more likely to bomb you out than out box you. But in his defence while his style on the eye looks unrefined it is more educated than it looks, he controls distance well and he is probably an underrated counter puncher. 

Donaire was in many eyes 2012 fighter of the year but since he was schooled by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in early 2013 he has looked off key in his last 2 fights, he was down on the cards against a faded Vic Darchinyan and needed punch from no where in the 9th to win that fight.

Then he was also looking off key against Simpiwe Vetyeka until he appeared to get a shady technical decision after a cut forced the fight to be stopped. The scores were 49-46 to Donaire despite a 5th round not being fought. 

However we must not dismiss Donaire, this is a step up for Walters and its not beyond reality he could be exposed by the class and top level experience of Donaire. However I don’t think he will. Walters is powerful and shredded and I think his heavy hands are real. 

I expect a cagey start from both fighters but I think Walters will grow in confidence and will begin to take the role as aggressor and Donaire will look to counter him on back foot. 

This is a fight I am struggling to call as I can see any outcome occurring, either could certainly win a decision and either has the power to knock the other man out. 

But there is something that always stuck out to me in Donaire’s post fight interview following his second fight with Vic Darchinyan where he implied he almost quit in that fight but just hung in there, I think it was the words of a man who no longer had the fire in his belly he used to, and for that reason I am backing the power and physical presence of Walters to come through. 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £25 on Nicholas Walters 4/5 Bet365