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."