Lomachenko wins after Walters quits

27/11/2016 07:40

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) retained his title with a TKO victory over previously unbeaten Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Lomachenko, who was making the first defence of the title he won by a fifth-round knockout over Roman "Rocky" Martinez in June, outboxed, outworked and outclassed his opponent before former WBA featherweight champion Walters quit after seven rounds.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist connected with jabs and hard blows throughout the fight. Walters landed the occasional solid shot in the first three rounds, but the Ukrainian's speed and good movement dominated the action.

Lomachenko increased his aggression in the following rounds and in the seventh he started to beat up the Jamaican, who told referee Tony Weeks at the end of the round, "I don't want to continue."

Lomachenko said: "Walters is a good fighter. He's really strong, but I think he just stood there, which made it easy for me to win.

"It's not about being just strong or being just fast. A lot of things take place. You've got to train, and you have to be highly functional in the ring. So all those things are a combination of what makes me good."

Walters said: "It wasn't about quitting. Almost a year without fighting. I went up in weight. He’s more active than me.

"In the last round, he started catching me more and more. He caught me with some good shots in the last round."

Lomachenko said he wants to fight WBC 130-pound champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) next as he aims to be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world.