Will Lomachenko Be Too Hi-Tech For Walters?

Will Lomachenko Be Too Hi-Tech For Walters?

 

This Saturday, the most talented boxer in the world will make his second ring vasyl-lomachenko-vs-nicholas-walters-e1479958563903appearance of 2016. Vasyl Lomachenko has the footwork of a ballerina, thanks to his mother, and the hands of a fighter, thanks to his father. The combination of his pedigree, discipline, and competitive spirit make him the must-see warrior in today’s combat sports. But Lomachenko’s eye-popping abilities pale in comparison to his accomplishments. The 28 year-old out of Ukraine has logged a 396-1 amateur record, two gold medals, and two world titles. Get this: Lomachenko is still improving. There is even talk that the 130-pound champion will move up to face the legendary welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao in 2017.

Enter a ferociously hard-hitting undefeated boxer named Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters. His credentials are not too shabby, and the KO artist from Jamaica shouldn’t be overlooked. The undefeated chopping machine was literally robbed of a victory over Jason Sosa last December. For some bizarre reason, the judges in Verona, New York scored the ten-round bout a draw. Most ringside observers had Walters winning eight rounds to two, or even nine to one. In 2014, “Axe Man” stopped former pound-for-pound elite, Nonito Donaire, in devastating fashion. Prior to that, he tallied impressive knockouts over Vic Darchinyan, Alberto Garza, and had previously stopped Daulis Prescott to win the 126-pound title.

The initial plan by Top Rank was to make Lomachenko vs. Walters for a featherweight unification bout in 2015. However, Walters failed to make weight in his June defense last year, so those plans were scrapped. This will be “Axe Man’s” first fight in 2016, so he fullsizerenderruns the risk of suffering from ring rust. Lomachenko, also known as “Hi-Tech,” scored a spectacular knockout over Roman “Rocky” Martinez five months ago, and appears to be primed and ready for PPV battles at 135 pounds and above. But other fighters have mistakenly looked past Walters and paid dearly for their blunders. “Axe Man” has a unique style of cutting down his opponents. He sits down on his punches while refraining from getting wild. Walters likes to throw with power, and doesn’t hesitate to inform the masses that he goes for knockouts. If one cannot imagine the intensity level rising from last week’s clash at T Mobile Arena, all they have to do is tune in this Saturday. HBO will broadcast the bout live at 10:35 pm EST/7:35 pm PST, after re-airing Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward. The beautiful Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be the host venue for this mouth-watering showdown.

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