Walters (24-0, 20 knockouts) has fought on each of Donaire’s past two cards, stopping lightly regarded Alberto Garza in four rounds in Corpus Christi in an untelevised bout before Donaire stopped Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round of their rematch, and then knocking out Darchinyan in the fifth round on the card in which Donaire (33-2, 21 knockouts) won a technical decision over Simpiwe Vetyeka in Macau last May 31.
Walters’ performances were the most dazzling on either card.
Donaire-Walters is a featherweight title unification bout, but unfortunately both belts at stake are under the auspices of the WBA, which has been designating multiple champions in several weight divisions and thereby diluting the significance of those titles.
Donaire, however, won the linear title from Vetyeka, who had defeated previously unbeaten Chris John for that belt.
The Oct. 18 card features a rising superstar, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, but he’s fighting journeyman Marco Antonio Rubio, who is best known for losses to Kelly Pavlik in 2009 and to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012, the latter a card on which Donaire defeated Wilfredo Vasquez Jr.
The most attractive bout on the Oct. 18 card is almost assuredly Donaire-Walters. The Jamaican will have advantages in length, speed and age, so Donaire will have to be at his best.