By Wilmar Patino:
Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1 4KO’S) will be fighting Nicholas Walters (26-0-1 21KO’S) in a junior lightweight title bout Nov. 26 at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on HBO. There has been a lot of talk from experts and fans about the outcome and possible results of this mouthwatering clash. Some favor Nicholas Walter’s size and pro experience over Vasyl Lomachneko’s Olympic achievements and unique skill set. In only 7 pro fights, Vasyl Lomachenko has fought for 3 world titles, and became a 2 time champion. Today, we take a quick look at all of Vasyl Lomachenko’s fights in search of a better understanding of what will take place on Nov. 26.
Vasyl Lomachenko made his professional boxing debut on October 12, 2013 vs Jose Ramirez. Lomachenko displayed his beautiful footwork and speed on that night. Winning in impressive fashion by Knocking out his much more professionally experienced opponent in the 4th round. This led to his WBO world featherweight title fight against the veteran and always game Orlando Salido. This proved to be a learning experience as Orland Salido landed a significant amount of low blows through the night and never got deducted a point. Salido’s veteran tactics proved to be effective as he would rough up Lomachenko every chance he had, and managed to eke out a split decision win over Vasyl Lomachenko. Fortunately for Lomachenko he was immediately pitted against Garry Russel Jr. for the vacant WBO featherweight title that was stripped from Salido for not meeting the weight limit in his previous fight with Lomachenko. At the time Gary Russel Jr. was the small favorite and not proven himself at the top level, but this made the fight all that more intriguing and soon we were left in awe at the wonderful skills of Vasyl Lomachenko. He looked quicker than the speedy Russell Jr and put on a boxing exhibition for those watching. Easily defeating Gary Russelll Jr in a unanimous decision victory. Becoming 1 of only 2 men to accomplish winning a world title within their first 3 pro fights.