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Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

November 28, 2016 by  

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage
On Saturday, Nov. 26, two-time Urkanian Olympic gold medalist and two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defended his WBO junior lightweight title by stopping undefeated formed WBA featherweight champion Nicholas ‘Axe Man’ Walters of Montego Bay, Jamaica, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com)

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Walters, 26-1-1, 21 KOs, told referee Tony Weeks he did not want to continue after the seventh round against Lomachenko, 7-1, 5 KOs. The fight was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

Lomachenko, who won the WBO featherweight title and the WBO junior lightweight title in his third and seventh bout, respectively, both records for fewest fights for winning a first world championship and world titles in two different divisions, has become an internet sensation with the YouTube video “Lomachenko is in The Matrix” which has generated more than 630,000 views. It is a homage to his flawless defense, ducking countless punches while attacking his opponent from all angles with rapid combinations.

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

Lomachenko Stakes His Claim for Fighter of the Year with Walters Stoppage

Photo © Erik Kabik / www.ErikKabik.com.

“I had my plan. I knew it would take four rounds and then I went to work on him,” said Lomachenko. “Walters said he would do this and that he would do that throughout training camp, and in the end, he just quit. I would like to fight [WBC super featherweight champion] Francisco Vargas next. My goal is to be the No. 1 pound for pound fighter.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the Lomachenko vs. Walters world championship fight will be replayed by HBO on Monday, Nov. 28 at 12:50 a.m. ET/PT. HBO2 will air the replay on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 1 a.m. ET/PT. HBO Signature will replay the fight on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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