Lomachenko stops Walters and makes him say "No Mas"
By Hector Franco
November 27, 2016
LAS VEGAS – This Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) dominated Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) en route to a seventh round stoppage. Walters chose not to continue between the seventh and eighth rounds.
The fight started off tentative with both men trading jabs in the center of the ring. In the first three rounds, the fight was close but it seemed that Lomachenko was controlling the geography of where the fight was taking place. From the fourth round on the momentum went in the Ukrainian’s favor. Lomachenko was able to move in and out of range on Walters who became apprehensive to throw punches. By the seventh round, Lomachenko was beginning to put a beating on Walters. He began to suffocate him with his pressure and ability to slide into position constantly.
In Walters' corner after the seventh round, Walters told the referee that he didn’t want to continue fighting. This development came as a shock to many observers as Walters had yet to be knocked down in the fight. However, after the seventh round, it did seem that Lomachenko was on his way to stopping Walters. The man from Montego Bay, Jamaica decided that he had enough for the night allowing Lomachenko to come away with the victory.
Lomachenko with less than ten fights in his professional career has already proven to be one of the ten best fighters in the sport. Before the fight with Walters, there was some talk about a potential future clash with Manny Pacquiao. It may be too early for Lomachenko to move up in weight, as the 130-pound weight class is one of the deepest in all of boxing. There are still fights available with Orlando Salido, Francisco Vargas, and others. After this performance against Walters, Lomachenko may be the favorite going against anyone in the weight class.
This isn’t the end for Walters as he still has many options available for him at 130-pounds. A supreme boxer like Lomachenko may have given him all he can handle but exciting fights can be made with other fighters in the top ten at 130. Ring rust could have been a factor in Walters’ performance against Lomachenko. He may now have the chance to stay more active and put on better performances.
Whenever a fighter stops a fight on his own accord it opens him up to massive criticism by the boxing public. Walters can end up like Victor Ortiz and be forever haunted by his past mistakes. He can also end up like Roberto Duran and make this just a footnote in his career.
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