Despite losing his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title on the scales last June 13 when he came in one pound overweight, Jamaican boxing star Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters gave a superb performance at the Madison Square Garden Theatre against Miguel Marriaga to win his 12-round non-title fight by unanimous decision. Tonight, he seeks to show the world that he is still championship material when he takes on American Jason Sosa over 10 rounds in the co-feature bout on an HBO promotion. The other featured bout is a WBA heavyweight title contest between Luis Ortiz and Bryant Jennings, and the venue is the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, in Verona, New York. An interesting note with regard to tonight’s fight is that it will be in the super featherweight division, which is 130 pounds. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Walters said that the decision was taken by his camp to make him fight at the higher weight class, to see how he handles it. “In boxing, three pounds of additional weight makes a lot of difference, and I just want to see how comfortable I am at that weight,” he said. He added: “There is big money in the featherweight class, particularly with Lomachenko on the horizon, but if I feel comfortable fighting at 130, I may just move up. There are some good boxers up there too, and the Japanese Super champion (Takashi) Uchiyama is a crowd pleaser. A fight against him would pull in some good money. “I am just going into this fight with an open mind. I have trained hard, I am feeling good and very strong, and I am going to let it all hang out.” STUDYING THE OPPONENT Asked about his opponent and whether he had watched tapes on him, Walters replied: “I don’t watch tapes. My trainers do that and then make suggestions as to how I should fight an opponent. When we get into the ring, however, I see what my opponent has to offer, and I then show him what I have. After that, may the best man win.” Based on the records of the two fighters, tonight’s fight promises to be explosive. Walters has a 26-0 record with 21 knockouts and Sosa has an 18-1 record with 14 knockouts. Sosa is on a 13-fight knockout streak. Walters has an 81 per cent knockout ration, while Sosa’s is 64 per cent. Because of these statistics, the predictions are that the fight will not go the distance, and Walters is starting as the favourite. Walters’ dad, Job, who has been assisting with his training for over a month, is confident that his son will win. “This will be an early Christmas present for Jamaica,” Job Walters said.
Magistrate Faith McGusty on Wednesday warned a North East Sophia, Greater Georgetown man that he has to learn to control his emotions before jailing him for assault.Raphael Burnett being escorted from the Court“You have no control over your emotions,” Magistrate McGusty told 27-year-old Raphael Burnett of Lot 25 North East Sophia, Greater Georgetown, when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and admitted to the charge. The charge alleged that on June 25 at North East Sophia, he assaulted Renee Summerset.The prosecution’s case stated that the two men were friends and on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was at work in North Sophia, Georgetown, when Burnett was passing and uttered some words to him. This led to an argument and Burnett left and returned with a shaving knife in his hand. According to the prosecution, Burnett then confronted the VC and cut him on his back. The matter was reported and Burnett was later arrested.Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel in her submissions to the Court said, “It is clear that the defendant had an opportunity to make a report after the VC uttered words at him but it clearly shows that his intention was otherwise”.Magistrate Faith McGusty jailed Burnett for six months.
Trailing, 35-14, Centennial scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to pull off the upset. Centennial amassed 374 rushing yards and 518 total yards of offense. “That was a great comeback by Centennial,” South coach Josh Waybright said. “My hat’s off to them.” White had 174 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns for South, but he had three costly fumbles, each of which resulted in scores for Centennial. Smith rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. South led, 28-14, at halftime and seemed to take control of the game early in the third quarter. Brett Campbell picked off Theron West to give South the ball deep in Centennial territory, and Will Brown threw a short touchdown pass to White to give the Spartans a commanding 35-14 lead. (4-4, 2-1) After Centennial cut South’s lead to 35-27 late in the fourth quarter, John White fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Centennial recovered and cut the lead to 35-33 on Dayvonte Smith’s 3-yard touchdown run. Centennial missed the two-point conversion. South (4-4, 1-2), which has lost four of five since a 3-0 start, was forced to punt on its next possession, and Smith returned it 82 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:12 remaining. “This was the biggest win in the history of Centennial,” Coach Aaron Craver said. Centennial switched gears, inserting Chris Smith at quarterback. Smith rushed the ball 13 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and also threw for 80 yards on 6-for-8 passing and another touchdown. Centennial quickly cut the score to 35-21 on a 46-yard run by Smith. White then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which was recovered by Centennial. Centennial then scored on a 13-yard run by Smith to make the score 35-27 as the extra point was missed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PIONEER LEAGUE: Apaches rally for landmark victory against Spartans. By Geoffrey Nielsen CORRESPONDENT South Torrance had never lost to Centennial in the 50 years the school has been in existence. That all changed on Friday night as Centennial defeated host South, 40-35.