Lomanchenko to face Walters on November 26
- Updated: September 28, 2016
Top Rank announced today that WBO junior lightweight titlist Vasyl Lomanchenko will put his belt on the line against former featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters at The Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
“Boxing fans will be able to spend their Thanksgiving holiday weekend feasting on the year’s most anticipated showdown,” said 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.”
Ticket info is expected to be announced shortly, but the card will be televised on HBO at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT.
“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.
Since his first pro loss in his second fight in 2014 against junior lightweight titlist Orlando Salido, Lomanchenko (6-1, 4 KOs) has won five straight, including a knockout win over Roman Martinez in his most recent fight.
Added Walters, “Any fighter can be knocked out no matter who he is. 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.”
Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) is coming off a draw against Jason Sosa, but has held titles at both featherweight and junior lightweight, with his most notable win coming over former multi-division champ Nonito Donaire.