As reports of a finalized deal began sweeping across the boxing media on Tuesday, WBN asked Top Rank boss Bob Arum direct whether a massive clash between Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters was, in fact, a done deal for November 26.
Arum told World Boxing News the answer to that question was no, although the fight is currently being worked on by those involved with both fighters.
The date is set should contracts for the bout eventually be signed, with a venue in Las Vegas favored for what will be Lomachenko’s first defense of his newly-acquired WBO super-featherweight championship.
A host of Top Rank prospects are set to feature on the undercard for Lomachenko’s eighth professional fight and one that will bring another big push towards the top pound for pound spot with victory.
Already an amateur legend for his exploits in the vest, Lomachenko is fast gaining a reputation for taking on all-comers and could soon challenge Manny Pacquiao for the honor of being Arum’s number one guy with the company.
For Walters, the fight represents another opportunity to upset the odds. Despite the ‘Axe Man’ being undefeated himself, Walters will be the underdog for the second time in four fights, having defeated Nonito Donaire convincingly in October 2014.
Despite the ‘Axe Man’ being undefeated himself, Walters will be the underdog for the second time in four fights, having defeated Nonito Donaire convincingly in October 2014.
Last time out didn’t go to plan as Walters was seemingly robbed of at least a majority decision against Jason Sosa, although the draw seemingly hasn’t affected the Jamaican’s ability to pull in a big fight.