Lomachenko puts on masterclass, Pacquiao possible in 2017
Vasyl Lomachenko once again showed why he’s held in such high regard around the world with a brilliant display against former world champion Nicholas Walters.
The Ukrainian amateur legend worked out the ‘Axeman’ after early exchanges and forced the Jamaican to back away from taking further punishment past seven rounds.
In what was expected to be a hard-fought contest, Lomachenko proved his sheer world-class ability as the 28 year-old pushes himself up the pound for pound ratings.
“After the fifth round, I really enjoyed that. He said he was a warrior he would do this and that in the build up but what did he really do? He’s a good fighter, really strong, but he stood there and made it easy for me,” said Lomachenko after the fight.
“My goal is to be the No 1 pound for pound fighter in the world. I had my plan I knew it would take about four rounds and then I went to work on him. In the end, he just quit.”
Walters stated plain and simple that Lomachenko was simply too good.
“He hit me with a number of shots and a bad shot to the temple in the seventh. I couldn’t take it. He was very fast, very hard punches, all over your body.”
Promoter Bob Arum purred at watching his skilled fighter, who is quickly becoming a contender for Top Rank’s top star alongside the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford.
Following another defence of the WBO super-featherweight title, contests against both are possible for Lomachenko in 2017.
“We watched a modern master, a magician in action tonight. It surprised me he quit but Walters was going to get knocked out. Lomachenko had worked the kid out and was going to stop him in the next round,” said Arum.
“The Manny Pacquiao fight is a possibility in 2017, but so is the rematch with Orlando Salido (the only man to defeat Lomachenko). I want to see him fighting more,” he added.