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.
(From left) DMA Bangura and DMC Wisner-Acting Minister Sets Records StraightThe Deputy Minister for Commerce and Trade Services at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, A.E. Nyema Wisner, has strongly rejected speculations that the recent closure of Fuzion Bar and Restaurant in Sinkor, Monrovia was an attempt to get at the Urey Family.Contrary to the wide social media speculations, Mr. Wisner said, Fuzion Bar and Restaurant was shut down by the Commerce Ministry’s Inspectorate for refusing entry to a team from the Ministry that was undertaking an inspection of business entities in Monrovia.The Acting Commerce Minister noted that when it comes to executing its statutory mandate, including the inspection of business entities throughout Liberia, the Ministry does not see anybody as being above the law and vowed that the Commerce Ministry will remain vigilant in doing its work.Mr. Wisner, addressing a press conference at the Commerce Ministry on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, called on Liberians to desist from politicizing the work of the Commerce Ministry, particularly the ongoing inspection.He also admonished the public to realize that the Commerce Ministry is not at war with the Urey Family, but simply trying to enforce its statutory mandate, regarding a conducive business climate for Liberia through practices that meet international best practices.He said the US$3,000 (three thousand United States Dollars) fine imposed on Fuzion Bar and Restaurant was not illegal, but strictly in accordance with the law.A Commerce Ministry release quotes Mr. Wisner as saying that fines are levied by the Ministry on the basis of business category.The release named the various categories as US $200.00 for small businesses, US $700.00 for medium entities and US $3,000.00 for big ones.‘’We imposed the fine since September 4, 2019 and even gave a 72-hour ultimatum for them to comply,” the Acting Commerce Minister added.He said the Commerce Ministry re-opened the business after the 24-hour time the law allows the Ministry to keep a business shut down for had expired and that the legal team from Fuzion Bar and Restaurant made an appeal to the Ministry for some reduction in the imposed fine.It can be recalled that Inspectors from the Ministry, led by Commerce Inspector General, Josephine Davies, were prevented from entering Fuzion Bar and Restaurant on August 28, 2019 while undertaking a nationwide inspection of business houses across Monrovia.“During the same exercise,” Wisner added, “the Commerce Ministry inspected other businesses within the same vicinity, including Royal Grand Hotel, Boulevard Hotel and Sajj House, an indication the Third Quarterly Inspection was not directed at Fuzion Bar and Restaurant or members of the Urey family, as is widely insinuated on the social media.“The ongoing inspection was preceded by a week-long public service announcement in August 2019, outlining details of the exercise, including protection of consumers and continuous compliance with standard regulations, amongst others,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)