JAMAICA'S Nicholas 'The AxeMan' Walters, the World Boxing Association (WBA) No 1-ranked contender, and Colombian Daulis Proscott, ranked fifth, will fight for the vacant WBA World Featherweight Boxing title over 12 rounds at the National Indoor Sports Centre on December 8.
Promoted by the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBBC) and Sportsmax and sponsored by Wray & Nephew, the event is dubbed "Rum (ble) on JamRock" and will be mark the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence.
Oliver McIntosh, SportsMax's president and CEO, made the announcement at a pre-fight press conference at the Wyndham Hotel yesterday. He said the "event promises an exciting evening of entertainment with the best of three worlds: food, music and sport."
According toMcIntosh, the boxing landscape will be changed forever by the hosting of the "Rum" (ble) on JamRock... as our team of project manager Kathryn Clarke, ably assisted by Simone Clarke, will be transforming the National Indoor Sports centre into a boxing venue that will rival the best there is internationally".
Four mega screens will be hoisted in the centre of the venue, while seating will be in three tiers.
Gates will open at 5:00 pm and fans will be kept entertained with six preliminary bouts — five of which will be between international opponents over 12 rounds.
The only fight on the programme that will not go the distance is the bout featuring Rickardo "the Surgeon" Smith, the 2011 Wray & Nephew Contender Middleweight Champion of Jamaica, which is slated for six rounds.
These activities will be interspersed with music by Renaissance and live performances by Sizzla, among other entertainers.
The other preliminary bouts include the WBA Super Bantamweight event between former champion Ricardo Cordoba (Panama) and Onalvi (Colombia), and the WBA Featherweight Title Fight between champion Kina Malpartida (Peru) and Stacey Reile (USA).
JBBC official and former president Leroy Brown said organisers have put much thought and planning into the event.
"In 1962, boxing made a contribution to the independence celebrations by winning the Commonwealth title on the eve of Independence with Bunny Grant beating Dave Charnley to set the tone for success in the sport.
"Now 50 years later Jamaica have been fortunate to have a youngster like Nicholas Walters right on the brink. and by very good negotiations. we have been able to land a title fight," Brown said.
"Our aim is to give Jamaica her 50th birthday and we are very confident that Walters will be able to deliver," he added.