Lomachenko Dials Down Walters Criticism After Dressing Room Talk

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Vasyl Lomachenko showed Nicholas Walters much more mercy after emerging from his dressing room Saturday night than he did during their fight.

Lomanchenko dominated the previously undefeated Walters, who quit following the seventh round of what amounted to an easy victory for the defending WBO world super featherweight champion. The uniquely talented Ukrainian southpaw initially criticized Jamaica’s Walters for telling referee Tony Weeks he didn’t want to continue in their HBO main event at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan.

A dressing-room meeting with Walters moments later made the typically mild-mannered Lomachenko express compassion for a fellow fighter.


“I really don’t want to talk bad stuff about him because after the fight he stepped into the dressing room,” Lomachenko said. “He was very friendly. He explained why – what was going on. And [how] he tried to kind of like protect himself in the world. He was acting real gentlemanly, so I’m not gonna put any dirt onto his [grave] site.”

Walters (26-1-1, 22 KOs) undoubtedly will struggle to overcome the image damage done by quitting in what was rapidly devolving into a fight he couldn’t win. Quitting is a cardinal sin among boxing fans, sometimes to unreasonable degrees, but Walters wasn’t battered and bloodied, just completely out-classed by a better, smarter boxer whose precision picked him apart.

The 28-year-old Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) first was harsh in assessing Walters’ decision to stop fighting following a seventh round in which Lomachenko landed numerous power punches and started knocking a retreating Walters around the ring.

“In the beginning he was saying he was a gladiator, he’s a warrior, he’s here to hurt people, he’s here to win,” Lomachenko told a group of reporters at ringside in the immediate aftermath of his win. “But after that, when he quit the fight, I don’t count him anymore. He’s [not] a fighter.”

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 My Low Place on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=OnePunch;17234987]1st off, you havent the slightest idea if Walters made some kind of bet and only quit on the stool to win that bet. That is 10000% speculation on your part, and the real fact is that by the time…

Comment by deanrw on 11-28-2016

I don't have anything against Walters. I was disappointed yes, but one thing I do know, is that the human mind is fragile. A person can mentally falter at any place and anytime. He mentally unraveled in the ring, and…

Comment by My Low Place on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=BritBox;17237052]Why are people giving him a pass? "but he knew he was outclassed..." So what? He was unhurt. Fights wouldn't go past 6 rounds if everyone quit after realising they can't win. This was worse than Golota vs Tyson, but…

Comment by My Low Place on 11-28-2016

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17234993]Trust me, i'm no fan of Bob Arum, but when Walters accepted the fight, he should've fought until he was KO'd, or 12 rounds if he wasn't stopped! Last night was another black-eye for the sport! The Ward decision last…

Comment by Cracaphat on 11-28-2016

Loma and Walters can sugarcoat it,but as Loma said,Walters was gonna do this and do that but he ended up bailing out of the fight when there was nothing really wrong.Apart from being outclassed.He might disappear like Rigo after this…

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