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December 12, 2012
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Walters could defend title in Apri

Gladstone Taylor/Photographer - 'Axeman' Walters

Leighton Levy, STAR Writer

Newly crowned World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Nicholas Walters could have his first title defence here at home as early as April 2013. But for this to happen, the Jamaica Boxing Board has to inform the WBA in six weeks if it will be able to stage the event.

After his victory on Saturday, Walters revealed he would like to have his first defence here on home soil.

The top brass from the WBA were on the island for the 'Rumble on Jamrock' five-fight card on the weekend, and were very impressed with how the event was promoted and staged and apparently are in agreement with Jamaica being given the opportunity to host Walters' first title defence. Jamaica Boxing Board president Stephen Jones is attracted to the idea but is very cognisant of the reality that staging the fight in April will have its challenges. He met with WBA vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and operations manager Julio Thyme yesterday to discuss the possibility.

"We discussed the possibility to have them sanction the title defence here, and they actually support this idea," he said. "Now is not the time to rest because, apparently, when you become the champion everyone wants the title so everything picks up.

"I have to now meet with Nicolas' management, meet with the board and show the WBA that we are serious about having the title defence here. It's their belt so they have to make sure that Jamaica can have the fight or not. I have been very straight with them. I told them that Jamaica would like to have the fight and would they give us the first option to do so," Jones said.

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