Former featherweight world champion Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21KOs) of Jamaica returns to the ring this Saturday. Walters will take on world ranked super featherweight Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14KOs) of New Jersey. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised on HBO. The fight will be the co-feature to the main event between WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz and Bryant Jennings. The site of the show will be the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions), Bob Arum (Top Rank) will promote the show.
Walters lost his title on the scales prior to his last fight against unbeaten Miguel Marriaga of Colombia. Walters still handled the task at hand by unanimously decisioning Marriaga. He may have won his fight but he lost out on the unification showdown with WBO champ Vasyl Lomachenko for not making weight and losing his title. Walters will now test the super featherweight division which has some pretty exciting fighters of its own to offer. Newly crowned WBC Champ Francisco Vargas won his title last month in a possible fight of the year against Takashi Miura. Former world champion Orlando Salido will face world champion Roman Martinez in their third fight. Walters could see himself in a fight with one of those names mentioned.
Walters must first defeat Sosa who is riding a 16 fight win Streak. A win over Walters would be an upset of the year candidate for sure. Sosa has not faced anyone the caliber of a Walters or the top competition that Walters has beaten. If Sosa could pull off the upset he could see himself in a world title fight sooner rather than later. Sosa has been fighting at 130 his whole career but it is Walters who will enter the ring as the naturally bigger of the two. This is an advantage that Walters would likely look to take advantage of. Walters is favored to defeat Sosa but a decisive knockout victory will let those at the top of the division know he is ready to take on the best at 130.