Walters-Lomachenko Bout Very Possible, Says Arum

By Edward Chaykovsky

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum says a featherweight unification between WBC champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21KOs) and WBO king Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1KO) is very possible. Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank.

First Lomachenko has a tough task ahead, when he faces mandatory Thai challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33KOs). Walters is coming a career-defining victory, a sixth round knockout of Nonito Donaire, who was once regarded as one of the top pound for pound fighters.

"For me, I would think Walters, who did extraordinarily well on Saturday beating Donaire and I have always thought Lomachenko is a special talent and one of the greatest fighters around so it would be silly if they didn’t fight sometime next year," Arum said.

"Lomachenko is fighting only his fourth professional fight and he’s fighting Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thiland, with 51 wins and one defeat – he lost eight years ago to Chris John and of his 51 victories, 33 of them have been by knockout – so Lomachenko has his work cut out for him, so believe me, this fight on November 22 is hardly a gimme.  Piriyapinyo deserves his No. 1 ranking so that should be a very good fight.  So yes, if Lomachenko is successful, I would anticipate a fight with Walters sometime next year."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bigg Rigg on 10-24-2014

[QUOTE=PittyPat;15047444]If only Uncle Bob would've had the same enthusiasm to make Gamboa-Lopez in 2010, instead of letting it "marinate". :durr1:[/QUOTE] He saw dollars signs in Juanma and no dollars in Gamboa. Even though Gamboa was better and even had an…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 10-24-2014

Lomachenko will beat the hell out of Salido in a rematch believe me

Comment by Ringlife on 10-24-2014

I could picture this fight happening but not until Loma beats this guy that he's facing next then fighting Salido after that. Then maybe Walter's next maybe like in the mid year.

Comment by darius45 on 10-24-2014

[QUOTE=TheHolyCross;15048671]exactly this, i just cringe at this fight happening right now it will be awesome once loma has built himself a resume though[/QUOTE] Have faith in the future king.

Comment by SplitSecond on 10-24-2014

[QUOTE=KTFO;15047562]Walters deserves to solidify his name against high profile opponents and Loma needs to build his resume some despite his amateur accomplishments. I'd rather see Walters unify vs Jhonny and than take on Mares. Let Loma build his professional record…

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