By Keith Idec, photos by Mikey Williams
LAS VEGAS – Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters both made weight Friday afternoon for their 130-pound title fight Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan.
Ukraine’s Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) weighed in at 130 pounds for his first defense of the WBO world super featherweight title he won from Rocky Martinez five months ago in New York. Jamaica’s Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) weighed in at 129½ pounds, the same amount he weighed before his last fight, a majority draw with Jason Sosa 11 months ago in Verona, N.Y.
The 28-year-old Lomachenko will earn $1 million, according to contracts filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The 30-year-old Walters will earn $300,000, according to his NSAC-approved contract.
HBO will televise the Lomachenko-Walters bout as the main event of “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan.
The telecast is set to start at 10:35 p.m. ET with a replay of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title fight. Ward (31-0, 15 KOs), of Hayward, California, dealt the hard-hitting Kovalev his first professional defeat Saturday night in an HBO Pay-Per-View main event at T-Mobile Arena.
Ward won by the same score, 114-113, on all three scorecards in a very competitive, physical fight in which Ward overcame a second-round knockdown to remain unbeaten. The decision caused considerable controversy, but Ward owes Russia’s Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) an immediate rematch in accordance with contracts they signed last year.
Lomachenko-Walters will headline a five-fight card at The Chelsea. Below are the results Friday from the non-televised portion of the four-fight undercard, which can be viewed at toprank.tv, beginning at 8:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. PT.
Venezuela’s Juan Jose Ruiz (146¾) vs. Mexico’s Fernando Carcamo (146½), eight rounds, welterweights
Puerto Rico’s Efrain Cruz (140.2) vs. Maxim Dadashev (140.2), of Oxnard, California, six rounds, super lightweights
Chicago’s Donovan George (175) vs. Phoenix’s Trevor McCumby (172¼), eight rounds, light heavyweights
Russia’s Konstantin Ponomarev (148½) vs. Mexico’s Silverio Ortiz (148½), eight rounds, junior middleweights
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.