26 Mar

Nicholas Walters on What Motivated Him to Return

In an interview with BoxingScene, former world champion Nicholas Walters (28-1-1, 22 KOs) shared why he decided to revive his professional career.

"The main reason I came back was because I went back home, working in the gym with the younger guys, and they were like, 'Why don't you come back and fight?' since I was always helping them with sparring.

I helped many guys who had big title fights, and they would say, 'Oh, you still have something to give to the sport.' The coaches and guys in the gym were the ones who really encouraged me to come back.

When I stopped, many wanted me to continue because I was the number one fighter in all governing bodies: WBC, WBA, all of them! They were saying, 'Now is not the time to stop,' but anyway, I wanted to take a break. I took some time off and relaxed," Walters said.

In 2016, Nicholas lost to Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs), refusing to continue the fight after seven rounds. That defeat was the only one in Walters' career. Afterward, he announced his retirement.

In 2023, the Jamaican representative returned to boxing. Since then, Walters has defeated two opponents – by decision in an 8-round match and by technical knockout in the 2nd round. His next opponent will be Joseph Adorno (18-3-2, 15 KOs). They are scheduled for a 10-round match on March 27.