World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champions NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS collide This Saturday! in a WBA featherweight title unification showdown at a sold-out StubHub! Center in Carson, Calif. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also feature WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin defending his titles against World Boxing Council (WBC) interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio "El Veneno" Rubio. Golovkin vs. Rubio and its undercard are presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions, in association with Promociones Del Pueblo.
Donaire and Walters boast a combined record of 57-2 (41 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%. When it comes to these two world featherweight champions, "You could have knocked me over with a feather," is more than just a figure of speech!
"Confident fighters are dangerous fighters. I know that. But there other fighters who said before a fight they were stronger than me, hit harder, were going to knock me out.
"Walters is a good champion but really how many quality fights has he been in compared to where I have been in my career?
"We both have speed, we both have power. It's an explosive fight. This is going to end in a knockout. I will go into the ring and do my best."
"Donaire is a very good champion. We both have speed and power. The difference is intelligence. I was born to fight. The bigger the fight the better.
"If Donaire isn't right, he's going to get knocked out. Maybe five rounds, maybe less. Not sure yet.
"But you know what? Donaire stepped up and took this fight. He didn't have to. For that, I respect him for getting in the ring with me."