No Más: Lomachenko Bamboozles Walters

By Robert Ecksel on November 27, 2016
No Más: Lomachenko Bamboozles Walters
It’s hard to imagine a man more comfortable in the ring than Lomachenko. (Photo: REX)

“He was saying he’s a gladiator, he’s a warrior, he’s here to hurt people and win. But after he quit the fight, I don’t count him anymore as a fighter…”

Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a fight televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), the southpaw from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, defended his title against former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs), the knockout artist from Montego Bay, Jamaica, forcing the challenger to quit on his stool between rounds seven and eight.

Fighting out of the red corner in blue and yellow trunks, Lomachenko was too fast, too skilled, too smart and gifted for his overmatched opponent. Lomachenko outworked, outpunched, outthought and outfought the one-time champion, who threw in the towel, even though didn’t appear to be hurt.

Walters, fighting out of the blue corner in green, yellow and black trunks, thought his power would be enough to slow down and stop Lomachenko. But Lomachenko is a rare talent. Always moving, pivoting, darting in and out and side to side, he was impossible to hit as he fired off blistering combinations in response to every wild right hand Walters threw.

Lomachenko dominated round one with a sneaky jab that just couldn’t miss.

Lomachenko peppered Walters with jabs in round two. He was already in control. Walters refused to let his hands go and only began to find the range as the round drew to a close.

Lomachenko easily took rounds three and four. He was totally composed. It’s hard to imagine a man more comfortable in the ring, and that includes Ward and Kovalev, as well as Mayweather, Pacquiao, whoever.

In round five Lomachenko made Walters look like an amateur. With his confidence soaring and his hands at his side, he fired off punches at will to the Jamaica’s stationary head and body. The few times Walters connected, Lomachenko replied with a blur of punches upstairs and down.

Walters wasn’t just being beaten. He was being shown up.

Lomachenko bamboozled Walters the sixth. Walters got in a couple of shots of his own, but it was one ineffective punch at a time for the Axe Man.

Lomachenko toyed with Walters in the seventh. Whatever advantages Walters thought he possessed going in, he thought no more.

The champ punched those illusions right out of his head.

Lomachenko’s corner told him between rounds seven and eight, “Don’t let him return a punch. Keep attacking him. Continue it. He’s on the back foot.”

Just before the bell to start round eight, Walters’ corner told Tony Weeks, “No más.” The referee was disbelieving. Weeks turned to Walters and asked, “Do want to continue?”

Walters shook his head and said “no.”

According to CompuBox, Lomachenko landed 114 of 437 total punches thrown (26.1%) to 49 of 264 (18.6%) for Walters. Lomachenko out-jabbed Walters 36 of 238 (15.1%) to 15 of 155 (10.4%). It was no closer in the power punch department, where Lomachenko landed 78 of 199 (39.2%), while Walters landed 34 of 120 (28.3%).

Lomachenko landed 80 total punches to 28 for Walters over the last four rounds.

“Walters is a good fighter,” said Lomachenko after the fight. “He’s very strong. But he just stood there and made it easy for me.”

Lomachenko made it look like child’s play.

“I had my plan, knew it’d be about four rounds to figure him out, and then I went to work on him. He said he’d do this and that. In the end, he just quit.”

After complaining of ring rust, saying it was “almost a year without fighting,” Walters said, “It wasn’t about quitting. If you look at the last round he caught me with some good shots. He’s a great fighter. I’ve never been hit like that before. He’s very fast, a great puncher and he hit me with great shots all over my body.”

Walters talked the talk before the fight, but his fists were silent when it counted.

“In the beginning he was saying he’s a gladiator, he’s a warrior, he’s here to hurt people and win,” said Lomachenko.

“But after he quit the fight, I don’t count him anymore as a fighter.”

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  1. Darrell 10:10pm, 12/01/2016

    Lomachenko himself said it all. Very disappointed in Walters as I was hoping for a truly great fight. Did expect Lomachenko to win though, as Walters is not a “busy” fighter, as such. Lomachenko’s workrate, effective workrate, is phenomenal. He just pushes and pushes the fight continually.

    Reminds me in style of a synthesis of prime Roy Jones Jr (athletically) and Mike Tyson (boxing fundamentals). Brilliant fighter.

  2. The Thresher 04:40pm, 11/28/2016

    nicolas, the “historians” will diss Loma and say he would lose to those “great” fighters of the past—-even though they have never seen those “great fighters” of the past fight. They will depend on their “analyses” of newspaper accounts. Fact is, they are clueless.

    Lomo and Ward and Kov and GGG and Rigo and Chocolatito and many, many others represent a new breed of boxer. We are witnessing that right now in plain sight. These men have undergone a regime of amateur training that is simply better.

  3. Moon-Man 11:52am, 11/28/2016

    The Ukrainian is special, but calling him the P4P king and comparing him to Willie Pep at this point and time, is way over the top.

  4. nicolas 11:03am, 11/28/2016

    If some of the writers who used to write for were talking about boxing masters of the past, were they like what Lomo did? It was an amazing performance. I don’t recall seeing any boxer since I have watched the sport for nearly 50 years do what he did. The only round that was really close was the 6th, and I gave it to Walters, but that round led to the terrible seventh, where Walter’s was at his worse. Ali has often been described as a boxing mast4r, but quite often he did it against smaller men than he. The previous week, Kevin Illole I think his name is proclaimed that Ward was the best fighter pound for pound. I think Lomo may really be that man. We will see.

  5. procopy 08:12pm, 11/27/2016

    I was expecting a knockout on this one. Well there IS a technical knockout, but not the one I hoped I would see. Maybe Walters just felt the bang on Lomachenko’s punches and he got hit so often so he just chose to quit rather than to get flattened on later rounds.

  6. Galvar 03:59pm, 11/27/2016

    I actually thought this was going to be a good fight…

  7. Johnathan Iverson 02:10pm, 11/27/2016

    He just took his soul.

  8. The Thresher 12:56pm, 11/27/2016

    Oh, we agree on LOT’S OF STUFF, MATE

  9. Koolz 12:53pm, 11/27/2016

    Did Walters Spirit die when Lomachenko just stood there and looked at him.
    Loma just broke him mentally and physically.
    if anyone wants to watch the fight again it’s on allthebestfights com
    go to the ending of the highlights and it will start up in Russian, the full fight.
    Knew we would agree on something Thresher.

  10. The Thresher 12:38pm, 11/27/2016

    Yes, Koolz, he is the real P4P.

  11. Koolz 12:23pm, 11/27/2016

    To no ones surprise Lomachenko is the winner and honestly P4P
    The guy never got out of Second Gear against Walters.
    His Dip Shoulder to spin the guy then hook him in the face is thing of beauty!
    Don’t know anyone in Boxing that is like Lomachenko. 

  12. The Thresher 11:51am, 11/27/2016

    I’ve been watching boxing for over 60 years and this is the very best I have seen. His ability to pivot is like that of a ballet dancer, albeit a malicious one. His jabs have radar on them and his punches in bunches are a joy to behold. I think I get the Axeman’s frustration. Why continue to take brutal punishment against all odd to turn things around?

  13. Moon-Man 10:48am, 11/27/2016

    Being “shown up” is worse than “being beaten.” Just ask all those people who said they were leaving the country if Trump was elected, and yet they are still here?? The humilation, not the beating is what gave us the original “no mas.”

  14. Moon-Man 08:59am, 11/27/2016

    Obviously, anyone who enters the boxing ring or the cage has a lot more courage than us keyboard warriors, but if a fighter “quits,” than a large portion of his purse should be withheld. Lets be fair, if you’re making a 6-7 figure paycheck, you need to atleast be willing to experience some sort of pain & discomfort. Once again, boxing takes a knee to the nutz.

  15. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:47am, 11/27/2016

    There’s nothing wrong with Walters….not a thing… fact he’s just like the rest of of us…and yes he can hate just like the rest of us….it’s just that he’s a Jamaican and for some reason he doesn’t have that shittyass virulent hatred in his heart like so many “American” fighters do.

  16. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:19am, 11/27/2016

    He’s not a great fighter…..a great fighter utilizes all the weapons in his arsenal…..elbows, head butts, forearm shivers, shoulders, punches behind the ears, kidney shots, throw downs and nut crunching low blows when called for like when your opponent mounts any kind of an offensive. For a great fighter clinching is not something that happens as a matter of course in a fight….it’s what you do. Has he developed SOGs technique of coming in low and coming up at the exact moment his noggin can make rude contact with his opponents unprotected face… way!

  17. Moon-Man 07:34am, 11/27/2016

    “Everyone has a plan until they get hit.” Mike Tyson

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