Lomachenko, Arum Surprised Walters Quit; Arum Says KO Was Coming

By Keith Idec, photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.

LAS VEGAS – Vasyl Lomachenko didn’t sense at any point Saturday night that he was about to make Nicholas Walters quit.

When Walters told referee Tony Weeks after the seventh round of their one-sided 130-pound title fight that he didn’t want to continue, Lomachenko was completely surprised. By the time Lomachenko made his way to ringside following his impressive victory, the Ukrainian southpaw seemed more annoyed than surprised that Walters wouldn’t continue.

“In the beginning he was saying he was a gladiator,” Lomachenko said, “he’s a warrior, he’s here to hurt people, he’s here to win. But after that, when he quit the fight, I don’t count him anymore. He’s [not] a fighter.”


Jamaica’s Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) said after the fight that Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) landed a hard right hand to his left temple that hurt him badly. That punch was among the reasons he didn’t want to continue.

Nevertheless, promoter Bob Arum, whose Top Rank Inc. represents Lomachenko and Walters, also was surprised Walters wanted out of a fight Lomachenko seemed well on his way to winning by knockout.

“Yeah, it did surprise me,” Arum said. “But he was gonna get knocked out in the next round. You know, he couldn’t handle it. He couldn’t handle it and he was gonna get knocked out. But he was gone. He was gone. But should he have quit? I don’t know. People say it’s boxing and you shouldn’t quit. Maybe he lands a good punch, but this kid would’ve taken him out in one more round.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BlackR0bbb on 11-27-2016

Walters took his check and basically gave Bob and HBO the middle finger, but he effectively gave himself the middle finger because he's never going to appear in a prime spot on the network again.

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 11-27-2016

[QUOTE=low blows;17233762]If the hack Lawrence Cole called the fight properly Salido would have either lost by dq or by points because of deductions. Salido was allowed to cheat the whole fight, with the proper enforcement of the rules he would…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 11-27-2016

If Walters goes out in the 8th and makes a dedicated effort to turn the fight around, goes all out pressuring and trying to land, then he either turns the fight around or probably gets stopped. So Arum's right. I…

Comment by Lou Cipher on 11-27-2016

So crazy that the top 3 P4P fighters in the world are russian/ ukraine white fighters. Marciano would be proud

Comment by Shadoww.702 on 11-27-2016

Damn Lomachenko for not fighting the best opposition and damn Lomachenko for not wanting to regress and fight Salido. You should be banned from commenting, what an idiot.![QUOTE=crow511;17233531]The great white hype was too shook to call out his daddy salido…

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