Vasyl Lomachenko realizes what he’s up against in Nicholas Walters

Vasyl Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, punches Roman Martinez, of Puerto Rico, during the fourth round of a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, June 11, 2016, in New York. Lomachenko stopped Martinez in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Vasyl Lomachenko, left, lands a punch to the head of Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez during the fourth round of their super featherweight title fight in June at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko won via 5th-round TKO/Associated Press photo by Frank Franklin II


As good as Vasyl Lomachenko is, as much as his promoter Bob Arum touts him as the greatest he’s seen since a young Muhammad Ali, Lomachenko knows he is in for a real nasty time of it Saturday when he defends his super featherweight belt against hard-hitting Nicholas Walters. The two will square off at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (on HBO).

“This is a very important bout for me because many boxing experts and many people in boxing rank Walters as the highest-rated fighter in our division,” Lomachenko said. “He is a very hard puncher and a very good boxer and for me it’s a very important thing to me to fight the best and it’s very important for me because everyone says he is a very good fighter.”

As for the Ali comparison, here’s what Arum told reporters during a conference call: “I would like to say this; that Vasyl Lomachenko is technically the best fighter that I have seen since the early Muhammad Ali. There is nobody that I have seen, and there have been a lot of great technical fighters that I have seen – Alexis Arguello was one, Floyd Mayweather certainly, Manny Pacquiao – but there has been nobody with the skills that Vasyl Lomachenko has.”

Lomachenko, of Ukraine, is 6-1 with four knockouts. The two-time Olympic gold-medal winner has also held a major world title in the featherweight division.

Walters, of Jamaica, is 26-0-1 with 21 knockouts.

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Former junior welterweight champion Aaroy Pryor dies at the age of 60

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Former junior welterweight champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor died Sunday at the age of 60. WCPO in Pryor’s hometown of Cincinnati reported Pryor succumbed after a battle with heart disease.

Pryor was one of the most vicious fighters of his time. He compiled a record of 39-1 with 35 knockouts and was best-known for his two epic title fights with Alexis Arguello in 1982 and 1983, won by Pryor by 14th-round technical knockout and 10th-round knockout, respectively.

Pryor was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. He fought from 1976-1990. He would have been 61 on Oct. 20.

Fellow all-time great Sugar Ray Leonard was sad to hear the news.

“I have great love, respect and admiration for my longtime friend,” Leonard told WCPO. “He will be greatly missed by so many.”

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