By Godfrey Falcon: November 2016 has been a great month for boxing, culminating in Nicholas Walters vs. Vasyl Lomachenko last Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. With echoes of the rematch between Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran exactly 36 years ago, Jamaica’s highly esteemed former WBA Featherweight Champion, Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (28-1-1) gets comprehensively chopped down by Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (7-1-0) and called it quits. Cleary from the corner, we could hear Walters telling referee Tony Weeks the same words Duran said that fateful day, “No Mas. No Mas.” Officially winning by TKO after the 7th Round, Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and current WBO Jr. Lightweight Champion, effectively vindicates his proponents, and proved his nay-sayers painfully wrong.
Walters, previously an undefeated power-puncher with incredibly long reach, was best known for his destruction of former Fighter of the Year Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (37-4), a fight that shook up the boxing world. After moving up to Jr. Lightweight and still proving he had the power to make his opponents honest, the bout between he and the Ukrainian native was hyped to be a highly competitive match between the best and the best. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) outclassed former featherweight world champion Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) in out-landing him two to one in punches in winning by a 7th round technical knockout at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Walters gave it his best shot, but he took too many punches in the 7th and was hurt. Walters realized he was hurt at the end of the round. He wisely chose not to come out for the 8th. The boxing fans at the small Cosmopolitan Arena weren’t happy that Walters, 30, didn’t want to continue, but they weren’t the ones that were getting hit.
Walters obviously understood that he didn’t have a good enough chance to win the fight, so he bowed out after the 7th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) retained his title with a 7th round TKO victory over previously unbeaten former WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night on HBO Championship Boxing from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 30-year-old Walters surprisingly quit after the 7th round had ended. It’s unclear why Walters quit on his stool other than the fact that he was getting a boxing lesson by the 2-time Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko. The fight was close in the first three rounds, but Lomachenko turned up his foot and hand-speed starting in the 4th, and the fight quickly got out of hand with Walters taking punishment. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Making her debut as a pro, 2012 Olympic Irish gold medalist Katie Taylor (1-0, 1 KOs) obliterated a badly over-matched journeyman Karina Kopinska (7-15-3, 2 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Taylor, 30, caught the Polish fighter Kopinska against the ropes and flurries on her until referee Robert Williams stepped in and halted the massacre. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:58 of the 3rd.
Taylor was just teeing off from the 1st round in nailing Kopinska with hurtful looking combinations to the head and body. Taylor didn’t seem to need to worry about using any kind of finesse, because Kopinska wasn’t talented enough to throw anything back at her. It was just Taylor throwing and Kopinska catching shots to the head and body. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: If Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides to return to the ring, Manny Pacquiao is very interested in facing him in a rematch. Pacquiao just recently made a comeback to boxing earlier this month in taking the WBO welterweight title off of fellow Top Rank stable-mate Jessie Vargas by a 12 round unanimous decision on pay-per-view.
Now the 37-year-old Pacquiao is looking bigger fish to fry by letting the media know that he’s interested in facing Mayweather Jr. in a rematch. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather a year ago by a 12 round unanimous decision in May 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated with an easy 8th round knockout win against 35-year-old fringe contender Orlando Cruz (25-5-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in winning his fourth consecutive title defense at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. This was a dreadful mismatch of the first order. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Abel Sanchez is quite confident that his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is going to make easy work in knocking out Golden Boy Promotions star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September next year. Sanchez feels there’s no question in his mind that Golovkin is going to obliterate the 26-year-old Canelo when he gets him inside the ring next year.
Before the fight can happen though, Golovkin will be fighting in March possibly against Daniel Jacobs. That match has been ordered by the World Boxing Association. That doesn’t mean it will take place. Sanchez says if the fight fails to happen, then Golovkin will fight somebody else. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Vasyl Lomachenko will be defending his WBO super featherweight title tonight in an all-Top Rank Promotions fight against the powerful Nicholas Walters on HBO Championship Boxing at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With all the talking that Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum has been doing about him in the lead up to tonight’s fight, you would think that he’ll be able to breeze past the 30-year-old Walters without any problems whatsoever. Unfortunately, if things don’t work out well for the 28-year-old Lomachenko, then Arum could be crying big crocodile tears with his would be star exposed – again. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) has officially retained his No.1 pound-for-pound spot despite a heavy push by the promoters of last Saturday’s fight between Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward. Ring Magazine reports that Gonzalez, 28, has kept his No.1 pound-for-pound spot with Ward moving up from No.4 to No.2.
Apparently, Ward’s 12 round unanimous decision win over Kovalev wasn’t “conclusive enough,” according to RingTV for Ward to be given the No.1 spot in the pound for pound ratings. It’s not surprising though. There are clearly too many boing fans out there who think that Kovalev deserved the win for Ward to be given the No.1 spot just yet. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) weighed in successfully at 130 pounds on Friday for his fight former WBA World featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. Walters weighed in at 129.5lbs.
Their fight will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing on Saturday. Walters will likely rehydrate a great deal by the time he steps foot inside the ring on Saturday night. In his fight against Miguel Marriaga last year, Walters rehydrated to 145lbs. That’s quite a bit of weight for a fight that previously held the WBA featherweight title. Read the rest of this entry »