Saturday night is once again a big night for boxing, as for the second week in a row, we have a top 10 pound for pound fighter in action in a great fight. Here, it’s Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1; 4 KO) defending his WBO 130 pound title against challenger Nicholas Walters (26-0-1; 21 KO). Ring Magazine puts Lomachenko at #3 in the division and #7 on the pound for pound list. Walters has been out of action for nearly a year, so is unranked at this time. HBO World Championship Boxing Lomachenko vs. Walters airs live this Saturday, November 26 on HBO with a fight time of 10:35 p.m. ET / PT.
Vasyl Lomachenko has been described with a tremendous amount of superlatives, and for good reason. He’s a two time Olympic gold medalist for the Ukraine, with an amateur record of 396-1. He made his pro debut in 2013 and immediately jumped into the deep end, challenging veteran Orlando Salido for a world title in his second fight. Salido showed him what a crafty pro veteran is capable of, roughing Lomachenko up to take a win. Since then, Lomachenko has been flawless, going 5-0 and claiming world titles at both 126 and 130 pounds. He comes in off a win over Rocky Martinez in one of the best performances of the year.
Lomachenko: 28 years old | 5’6″ | 65″ reach | southpaw stance.
Walters: 30 years old | 5’7″ | 73″ reach | orthodox stance.
Walters vs Lomachenko Full Fight Replay
Lomachenko: W – Rocky Martinez (KO) | W – Romulo Koasicha (KO) | W – Gamalier Rodriguez (KO).
Walters: D – Jason Sosa (Maj. Draw) | W – Miguel Marriaga (UD) | W – Nonito Donaire (KO).
Nicholas Walters (26-9-1, 21 KOs, 1 NC) obviously isn’t on Lomachenko’s level, but Walters has assured reporters that his long layoff won’t adversely affect him against the highly skilled Ukrainian southpaw.
Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) is a 9-1 favorite over Walters, despite that Walters is undefeated and a dangerous puncher.
Walters vs Lomachenko round by round updates
The 30-year-old Walters surprisingly quit after the 7th round had ended. It’s unclear why Walters quit on his stool other than the fact that he was getting a boxing lesson by the 2-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko. The fight was close in the first three rounds, but Lomachenko turned up his foot and hand-speed starting in the 4th, and the fight quickly got out of hand with Walters taking punishment.
It was surprising to see Walters pull a ‘no mas’ like that, because he’s always been a real tough fighter in the ring. He’d never shown any indication of someone that would quit, which is why you have to wonder whether Walters was injured or something.
Final Score Decision: Lomanchenko wins by TKO, Walters quit at the end of 7th round.
Lomachenko dominates Walters, who quits after Round 7.Dominant performance.
Round 7 was a total blowout. Not sure what the heck Walters can do. Walters cannot buy a right hand tonight. This is dominance. Lomachenko upping the aggression. He’s completely negated Walters right hand and is coming forward now and landing some heavy leather. And the fight is…over?!! Walters corner stops it!
Round 6: Lomachenko 10, Walters 9 (60-54)
Walters did land a couple of nice shots to the body in that round, but, again, just one at a time. Lomachenko landing his in bunches, Walters landing much more to the body in this round. But he’s still landing one shot at a time. Lomachenko coming upstairs with combinations and doing more scoring.
Round 5: Lomachenko 10, Walters 9 (50-45)
Nothing close about this one, Walters thinking too much, throwing too little, Lomachenko dominating him with footwork and clean punching.
Round 5: Lomachenko uses that jab so effectively. He’s popping Walters in the jaw to score points and also using it to send him flying back and prevent him from throwing punches.
Round 4: Lomachenko 10, Walters 9 (40-36)
These rounds are getting increasingly wide as Walters just doesn’t seem to have a clue how he can get his shots on a mobile opponent who keeps coming at him from different angles.
CompuBox has Walters only landing 26 shots through four rounds.
Round 3: Walters is having all sorts of trouble with Lomachenko’s movement. He looks like he’s gotten a tad impatient. Lomachenko punctuates the round with a four-punch combo coming off yet another Walters miss with the right hand.
Round 2: Walters lands a nice right hand over the top. Not sure he got him totally clean, but, either way, Loma took it without much problem. A lot of technical stuff going on right now. Lots of feints and positioning moves.
Some nice jabs from Walters, who is using his reach to give Lomachenko some pause before he comes in to attack.
That round was close, Both guys had some spots, but it just seemed like Walters was coming up a bit short on his punches,Lomachenko jabbing well.
Round 1: Lomachenko sitting on the outside looking to see what Walters has. The challenger looking for a home for his right hand. Neither man has landed anything significant yet.
Not much to go on through the first two minutes, but Lomachenko came on a bit in the final third of the round to take it on this card. He seemed to find range and landed a couple of nice short punches.
“Remember, don’t even think for a minute I fight only for business,” said Walters, who will attempt to become a world champion in a second weight class. “I fight to please my fans and to please both of my countries – Panama and Jamaica, and all my fans over there in Mexico, and all over the world. So I’m not fighting just for Nicholas. So whenever we take a fight, we take a fight because we’re gonna be ready. And come Saturday night, we’re gonna win the fight, just like all my other fights.
Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters was one of the breakout fighters of 2014. Already a 126 pound champion, that is the year Walters reached the next level as a fighter, knocking out first Vic Darchinyan, and then Nonito Donaire to cement his status as a true world champion. Unfortunately, he has not been able to capitalize on that momentum, failing to make weight and losing his title on the scale, then following that up with a Majority Draw that should have been a Walters win. He’s been inactive since, and moves up to 130 here. Walters is a strong puncher, but also a very talented technical boxer with a wide range of tools at his disposal.