Walters KOs Garza in fourth, Valdez stops Raya in fifth



Jamaican featherweight contender Nicholas Walters scored his third consecutive stoppage win, doing so at 1:57 of the fourth round over Mexican rival Alberto Garza as part of Saturday night’s Top Rank card in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A 27-year-old who is nicknamed “The Axe Man,” Walters improved to 23-0 with his 19th knockout victory, and Garza fell to 25-6-1 with 20 knockouts.

In another bout, Mexican featherweight Oscar Valdez, who turns 23 next month, rose to 7-0 with as many knockouts following his fifth-round stoppage of Jesus Lule Raya (6-6, 1 KO).

The bouts took place on the undercard of an HBO-televised tripleheader featuring former RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire in a rematch with Vic Darchinyan in Donaire’s 126-pound debut, RING featherweight champion Mikey Garcia challenging WBO junior lightweight beltholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade in clash of unbeatens for the WBO’s vacant belt.

Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank

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