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Walters: I Won't Let Lomachenko Off Hook Like Kovalev With Ward

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Nicholas Walters appreciated plenty about Sergey Kovalev’s performance Saturday night.

But Kovalev made one major mistake, according to Walters, that cost the previously unbeaten Russian knockout artist the biggest fight of his career. When Kovalev had Andre Ward down in the second round, Walters says he should’ve finished the newly crowned IBF, WBA and WBO light heavyweight champion.

Jamaica’s Walters promised he won’t make the same mistake a week later against heavily favored Ukrainian southpaw Vasyl Lomachenko on Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan (HBO; 10:35 p.m. ET). If Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) floors Lomachenko, he says he won’t let Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) survive the trouble and make it 12 full rounds to the end of their fight for Lomachenko’s WBO world super featherweight championship.

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“Hey man, that’s what I’m really planning on doing,” Walters told BoxingScene.com on Tuesday after an open workout at Top Rank’s gym. “I’m really and truly planning on taking him out. Whenever I take out Lomachenko, 2017 is gonna be a boom for Walters. So we’re definitely planning on that.”

Walters, who settled for a dubious draw with Jason Sosa in his last fight, expects that he and Lomachenko will provide the type of competitive entertainment Ward and Kovalev delivered Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

“It was a very close fight,” Walters said. “What I do say, though, is when you knock a guy down so early in a fight, and you’re fighting an unbeaten fighter, an American champion, also, and you’re fighting in the States, you’ve got to take him out. You can’t just go through the fight thinking, ‘You know, we’re just gonna go to the decision.’ Don’t leave the fights to a decision. You know him down, that proved something. Knock him out. Take him out.

“Andre Ward has a lot of courage. He got knocked down in the early part of the fight, and I thought he would be out. But he stood there all night and he fought an intelligent fight, also. It was a close fight. There’s always a rematch. When two guys fight, I have no problem because they did the fight. When guys fight, and run and hold, that kills the sport of boxing. But when two guys fight, to me, that’s a plus. It was a close fight and we’re definitely looking forward to the rematch. There is gonna be a rematch.”

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

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

[QUOTE=frantic fighter;17224457]The Axe man is here to chop up this HBO hype job. Ooh yeah! I can't wait to see stuttering Roy and pretentious Max's faces after Loma has been sliced and diced.[/QUOTE]It's one thing to make a prediction but…

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 11-25-2016

yeah but you got to land that punch first walters that's the hard part.if he goes in just trying to land one big punch he's foolish.

Comment by mathed on 11-24-2016

Walters is a very underrated boxer but it's going to be REAL difficult to beat Loma in a boxing match. It should be close overall, Loma is just like a machine when he needs to be. Both guys are tremendous…

Comment by TheUptownKid on 11-24-2016

walters is the inferior boxer but he has a long quick straight right that has pop which could change things

Comment by ScottWeiland on 11-24-2016

Dude could knock Loma down twice and the scores will still be wide, Loma romps this on points in a tight cagey affair. I don't think he will drop the man once though.

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