There was little to no footage available of Jamaican titleholder Nicholas Walters coming into today's fight in Macau, but what we saw today was certainly impressive. Walters pretty much overpowered a game and still-talented Vic Darchinyan, knocking out the tough veteran in the fifth round to retain his WBA "regular" featherweight title.
Walters (24-0, 20 KO) is at least good enough to rip a fighter that gave today's main event A-side Nonito Donaire hell last year before succumbing to a late knockout rally, but today he was just out of his depth, and it looked like he really had no business fighting at featherweight, making one wonder right now, going into the next fight, whether Donaire is really a legit featherweight, either.
Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KO) clowned around some and got dropped by an uppercut in round two, and he never really found a sustained rhythm in the fight. He did bring the action to Walters, but that backfired in the end, as the Jamaican "Axe Man" chopped him down in round five, dropping him once hard, with Darchinyan bouncing back up and marching bravely into the inevitable.
With Darchinyan out on his feet but still looking to attack, a composed Walters fired in a counter left hook that snapped Darchinyan's head around and crumbled the 38-year-old former flyweight destroyer. Referee Raul Caiz Jr didn't count, meaning it's officially a TKO-5 win, but this was a KO if you've ever seen one.