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New Jamaican world champion makes landmark achievement

WILD CELEBRATIONS: Walters (centre) celebrates victory

NICHOLAS ‘THE Axeman' Walters became the first Jamaican boxer to win a world title on home soil on December 8 after stopping his opponent in the seventh round to claim the WBA featherweight title.

At the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Walters stopped Columbian Daulis Prescott to become the ninth Jamaican to capture a world title.

The 26-year-old - who dropped Prescott in round four, five and seven - was ahead on all of the judges scorecards when the fight ended.

Judges Octavio Rodriguez and Carlos Sucre had it 60-52, while judge Gloria Rizzo's score was 59-53.

"I wanted to do this for Jamaica's 50th Independence anniversary celebrations and I am glad that I was able to," an elated Walters told The Gleaner after the fight.

Walters celebrated by jumping on the ropes and waved to his wildly cheering and adoring fans.

He then rolled on the canvas and was lifted to his feet by his trainers, Celso Chavez, Wilford Gonzalez, and father Job Walters.

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