If Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward was the end of the year fight fans were most looking forward to, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters comes in a close second. Much like last weekend’s Kovalev vs. Ward showdown, Lomachenko vs. Walters is a perfectly matched fight between two world class talents. Lomachenko is a two time Olympic gold medalist and, with a record of just 6-1, already a two division world champion as a pro. He’s the defending WBO champion here and the case could be made that he has the best pure technical skills in the sport today.
Opponent Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters is 26-0-1 and a former WBA champion. He had a big year in 2014 with KO wins over Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, but he’s just 1-0-1 since, with a year since his last fight. Still, Walters is a formidable power puncher and a great challenge for Lomachenko.
Also on the broadcast will be a replay of the controversial and disputed Kovalev vs. Ward fight.
Lomachenko vs. Walters airs live on HBO today Saturday, November 26 with a fight time of 10:35 p.m. ET / PT. For more on the card, check out our Bloody Elbow fight breakdown, and also follow our colleagues at Bad Left Hook.
LOMACHENKO VS. WALTERS MAIN CARD RESULTS
(HBO, 10:35 p.m. ET)
Vasyl Lomachenko def. Nicholas Walters, TKO (Round 7, 3:00)
ROUND BY ROUND:
Round 1: Very little to score on here until the final 30 seconds, at which point Lomachenko seems to find the range and starts to land some nice, clean shots. He’s getting inside, connecting, and circling out. Walters lands a few body shots - that’s something to watch for from him as we continue. 10-9 Lomachenko
Round 2: Lomachenko is having success with shots straight up the middle. His jab is connecting, and he’s landing the follow-up cross well. Walters starting to look a little bit befuddled, but still nothing major landed either way. 10-9 Lomachenko
Round 3: Same basic pace here with Lomachenko using movement to make Walters miss. He’s yet to make any notable adjustments, but he needs one. Lomachenko does a good job working him against the ropes and throwing a tough combo at the end. 10-9 Lomachenko, 30-27 through 3
Round 4: So far, Lomacehnko has effectively taken Walters out of this fight. He’s using his combinations and his speed to connect, while Walters is throwing back very few punches in response. Walters is surprisingly passive here - he needs to take a risk and start throwing of he wants to win this. 10-9 Lomachenko
Round 5: Lomachenko keeps using the movement so well, frequently moving past Walters’s lead leg, landing a punch or two as he goes and moving so that he is completely out of position for a counter. Still, Walters has no answer. 10-9 Lomachenko
Round 6: Walters doing better here, as he seems to get a bit more reckless (in a good way) and connects some punches cleanly. He also returns to Lomachenko’s body, but he’s still not doing enough to win the round. 10-9 Lomachenko, 60-54 after six.
Round 7: Lomachenko picks up the pace here, seeming to look for the finish within the next few rounds. He’s landing clean, powerful shots, and he’s starting to land a lot of them. Lomachenko also manages to get him against the ropes a few times. 10-9 Lomachenko
And in the break between rounds, Walters’s corner waves off the fight.