Nick Walker announced that he will return to the stage in Columbus.
Former Arnold Classic champion Nick Walker is looking to build on what has already been a great start to his career. On Thursday, it was announced that he will take the stage in Columbus in March during the Arnold Classic.
Walker burst onto the scene in 2021 with a victory at the New York Pro. The very same year, he was victorious at Arnold Classic. He carried momentum into a fifth-place finish at the 2021 Olympia, which was held just two weeks later.
Walker has propelled to the top of Men’s Open. He improved upon his finish this year by placing third at the Olympia. The full roster for the Arnold Classic was announced on Friday and Walker was not on the list but has become a new addition.
“THE MUTANT IS BACK!
WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR 2021 ARNOLD CLASSIC CHAMPION @NICK_WALKER39 WILL ONCE AGAIN BE MAKING HIS WAY TO THE STAGE IN COLUMBUS, THIS TIME IN ATTEMPT TO REGAIN HIS TITLE AGAINST A FORMIDABLE FIELD OF SOME OF THE IFBB’S BEST COMPETITORS!”
Nick Walker Becomes The Man To Beat During Arnold Classic
After a top three finish at the Olympia, it is clear that Walker will enter Columbus as the favorite in the division. The question is, will there be any new additions moving forward to challenge Walker?
On Thursday, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arnold Sports announced that the prize purse would increase to $300,000 for this year’s winner. That is a 50% increase from last year when Brandon Curry took home $200,000. As of now, Curry will not be competing so there will be a new champion crowned.
Shaun Clarida is prepared to compete in Men’s Open during the Arnold Classic. He was qualified for both Open and 212 during the Olympia and ultimately decided to go regain his title. He won 212 Olympia and will look to make an impact in Men’s Open once again. Samson Dauda and Kamal Elgargni will also compete for the title.
It is unknown if anymore additions, such as Derek Lunsford, will be made but there is still time for announcements. For now, Nick Walker brings some electricity to a small group as of now.