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Walters’ win vacates featherweight title

AFP, NEW YORK

Deontay Wilder, left, pins Eric Molina against the ropes during their WBC heavyweight bout at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday.

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Jamaican sensation Nicholas Walters remained unbeaten and avenged an amateur defeat with a 12-round unanimous decision over Miguel Marriaga on Saturday that left the World Boxing Association featherweight world title vacant.

Walters had been expected to defend his WBA crown, but surrendered the title on Friday when he failed to make the 126-pound (57kg) featherweight limit.

That meant only Colombia’s Marriaga could have claimed the vacant title at the Madison Square Garden Theater.

However, Walters prevailed to take his record to 26-0 with 21 wins inside the distance.

He dealt Marriaga a first defeat, the Colombian falling to 21-1 with 18 knockouts.

Walters dropped Marriaga with an overhand right in the ninth round, while he was rocked by a right from the Colombian in the fourth.

However, lengthy spells of little action left the crowd restive and the outcome was a decision by scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110.

WILDER, MOLINA

Deontay Wilder defended his WBC heavyweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Eric Molina on Saturday night at the Bartow Arena, which is a short drive from his hometown.

Wilder (34-0) delivered a right hand that turned Molina around and sent him falling on his back after a couple of follow-up punches.

The referee quickly signaled that the fight was over, probably several rounds later than many observers expected with Wilder a heavy favorite.

The 2.01m Wilder knocked down Molina (23-3) in the fourth and twice again in the fifth, practically running across the ring after him before Wilder went down the third time.

The Texan withstood barrages to the head in the sixth, but came back strong two rounds later, landing some hard body shots.

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