VASYL LOMACHENKO vs. NICHOLAS WALTERS WBO JR. LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP   Nov. 26, Live on HBO®

Boxing
Day comes to Las Vegas one month early with a blockbuster fight between two of
the hardest hitters in the sport. 
Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist
VASYL
LOMACHENKO
will defend his
World Boxing
Organization (WBO)
junior
lightweight title against undefeated former world featherweight champion
NICHOLAS “Axe Man”
WALTERS
.  Lomachenko vs. Walters will take place
Saturday, Nov. 26, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las
Vegas.
  It will be televised
live on HBO World Championship Boxing®
beginning at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT. 

 

           
Promoted by Top Rank®, ticket information for the
Lomachenko-Walters world championship event, including room/ticket packages,
will be announced shortly.

 

           
Boxing
fans will be able to spend their Thanksgiving holiday weekend feasting on the
year’s most anticipated showdown,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  “Forget their weight class.  With more than 3/4 of their victories
coming by way of knockout, they punch and win like heavyweights!  We know how the fight is going to
end.  The question is, which fighter
will end it.”     

 

           
“I want to thank HBO and Bob Arum for giving me this opportunity to test
myself in the fight with the best. 
Walters you are next on my list.” said Lomachenko.

 

           
“I am very happy and excited about this upcoming bout between Lomachenko
and Walters,” said Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager. “Ones again Vasily proved
he wants to fight the very best fighters in his weight division and I want
everyone to understand when he says so, he means it.  Thank you to our promoter Top Rank and
HBO network for putting this fight together.”

 

           
“Any fighter can be knocked out no matter who he is,” said Walters.  “I like fighting the best and I like
fighting against great technical fighter like Lomachenko.  Look at what happened when I fought a
great technical fighter like Nonito Donaire.  Lomachenko is great, he knows what he is
doing in the ring.  But I always
look for a knockout against whomever I fight.  If I can do it quick, I will.  This is the best fight out there in
boxing today. It will be the Fight of the Year.”

 

           
“On November 26, live on HBO, Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters will
step up to deliver for the fans the fight they’ve been demanding to determine
another of boxing’s top pound for pound stars,” said Peter Nelson, executive
vice president, HBO Sports.  “We are proud to feature this junior
lightweight title showdown on our flagship World Championship
Boxing
 series.”

 

           
The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time
Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs), of Odessa, became
a two-division
world champion just as he did with his first professional world title, he won
world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights — SEVEN!   In his last fight, on June 11, he
annihilated defending three-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky”
Martinez via a cringe-worthy knockout punch in the fifth round .  Lomachenko
captured
his first world title — the vacant WBO featherweight title — on June 21, 2014,
winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary
Russell Jr.  It was Lomachenko’s
third professional bout, tying him with Thailand’s Saensak Muangsurin for fewest
fights to win a world title. 
Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third
professional fight.  Russell, a
former U.S. Olympian and current
World Boxing Council (WBC)  featherweight world champion, was totally
blitzed by Lomachenko, battered around the ring throughout the fight.  From the outset of his professional
career, Lomachenko made it known that he was ready for the best in his
division.  He made his professional
debut in 2013 knocking out the WBO’s No. 7-rated featherweight contender Jose
Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round of a bout that was scheduled
for 10.  Less than five months
later, on March 1, 2014, in his second professional bout, he challenged WBO
featherweight champion Orlando Salido, losing a split decision to the heavier
defending champion whose title had been stripped because he could not make the
weight limit.  Lomachenko
successfully defended the featherweight title three times, winning a 12-round
unanimous decision on November 23, 2014, against No. 1 contender Chonlatarn
Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33 KOs), a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez
(25-2-3, 17 KOs) on the undercard of the May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather – Manny
Pacquiao extravaganza and a 10th-round knockout of Top-10 contender Romulo
Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs), on November 7, 2015 . 
Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals
in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a
lightweight, respectively. 

 

           
Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his
last 14 fights by stoppage.  
He
captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title on
December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh
round.  He successfully defended the
title three times during his three year reign — all by knockout — stopping
Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012
Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the
fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout
who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the
 2005 and
2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert
boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber
of a much higher weight class.  On
June 13, 2015, at Madison Square Garden, Walters was forced to vacate the title
when he failed to make the weight limit by one pound.  However, he emerged victorious, winning
a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Top-10 contender Miguel
Marriaga.  In his last fight, on
December 19, 2015, Walters moved up to the junior lightweight division and took
on once-defeated Top-10 contender Jason Sosa, who entered the fight riding a
four-year, 17-bout unbeaten streak, which included 13 consecutive knockout
victories.  Walters and Sosa fought
to a controversial majority draw in a bout where media and fans alike had
Walters winning by a wide margin. 

   

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