While most world champion boxers have nowadays got criticized for picking their opponents, choosing the least threatening foes to grow their records, such is not the case for the Ukranian sensation Vasyl Lomachenko.
He picked up his first world title in only his third professional fight, tying a 39 year-old-record for the fewest bouts needed to win a world championship belt. And by beating Rocky Martinez for the WBO Junior lightweight title on June he’s become the first fighter to win a second belt in only seven pro bouts.
Vasyl Lomachenko is a gifted boxer with that throwback attitude where the best ought to fight the best.
According to a report by ESPN Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum said, “Unlike some fighters, who like to go easy once in a while, we look to get him the toughest possible guy out there to fight him because that is what he wants — the toughest, most dangerous guys. In this case, it’s Walters.”
Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko has been craving for a fight with Nicholas Walters since June, but negotiations fell off because the Jamaican prizefighter’s demand for $1 million purse money wasn’t met.
Nicholas Walters is more known for beating Nonito Donaire in 2014, knocking down the Filipino with his hard right that stamped the former champion on the canvas.
To tempt Nicholas Walters to an eventual showdown, Vasyl Lomachenko further offered him $300,000 from his purse in case he was to win their match. But the deal wasn’t made.
A report by the L.A. Times confirms that the contract between the two gladiators have now been signed, and scheduled for November 26th at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas to be its most likely venue.
This is the best fight that can be made in this weight division, and given that both fighters are eager to prove their skills over the other, it is likely to be a fight of the year candidate.
On Vasyl Lomachenko’s drive and determination, Bob Arum said, “He wants the best challengers and for him the titles mean everything. So if he goes up to lightweight, I’d have to match him with a champion. But right now we’re at the point where he has a top challenger in Walters.”
Prior to the deal with Walters, the Ukranian was also negotiating for a fight with Panama’s Jezreel Corrales, who holds the WBA super featherweight belt. But there is no doubt that the stiff competition out there for “Hi-Tech” is against Nicholas Walters.
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