The Big Question: Lomachenko vs Walters - who wins the super feather showdown?
Luke G. Williams
Vasyl Lomachenko faces Nicholas Walters on Saturday night in an eagerly awaited super featherweight showdown. We canvassed opinion among the Boxing Monthly online team about which man will prevail ...
It's a shame the mooted nine-stone unification fight didn't happen when these two were both world champions at featherweight, however it's still a very decent contest now. Walters was on a nice run until he was forced to move up in weight and I think his inactivity will play a part here. In my opinion he's slightly too slow to be given a winner's chance and, although the higher weight will suit him more out of the pair, I think this advantage is negated by the lack of activity, the fact the Ukrainian is faster, and also that Walters' confidence was slightly rocked by the draw with Jason Sosa (although Sosa subsequently proved he is in the world's top ten). I think Lomachenko will win a fairly close points decision, maybe 116-112-ish on all cards: while he may not have had things all his own way, ultimately 'skills pay the bills' in this one. - Colin Harris
Many have been calling for this fight for a while now and it's nice to have another excellent fight following on from Kovalev vs Ward although I don't see it being nearly as competitive as last Saturday's light heavyweight showdown. Whilst Walters has size, decent boxing ability and (in my opinion, slightly overrated) power, his patient approach is simply a recipe for disaster against someone as supremely talented as Lomachenko. The Jamaican's slow feet will also be a problem. I predict that Lomachenko will run away with the contest. I'll be daring and predict a stoppage late on for the Ukrainian. - Marcus Bellinger
Like everyone else, I'm high on 'Loma' and watched with mouth open as the Ukrainian brutally and skilfully took apart a quality champ in Roman Martinez back in June. It's a scary and exciting thought that one of the greatest amateurs of all time might be getting even better. As for Walters, he looks a world-class operator and his freakishly long reach might even give a boxer with the class of Lomachenko some trouble. It's hard to know just how good the 'Axe Man' is since in his two most notable performances he cut down much smaller former champs in Donaire and Darchinyan. My pick is a Lomachenko late rounds KO (round ten or so) to decide a very exciting bout in which the challenger has his early moments and perhaps stuns the sturdy looking champion. - Chris Williamson
It's hard to pick against Lomachenko here. He looks pretty much the complete package and his form line is much more reliable than Walters'. I am a fan of the 'Axe Man' but his break-out performance against Nonito Donaire looks less and less impressive as the Filipino's decline deepens. That's a harsh assessment seeing as Walters is probably the man that set the decline in motion, but there you go ... Lomachenko has seemed super confident in the build-up and I think this fight comes at just the right time for him, and just the wrong time for the Jamaican. Vasyl to continue his inexorable rise to superstardom with a TKO win before round nine is over. - Luke G. Williams
I expect a Lomachenko unanimous decision victory, albeit with some hairy moments along the way. - James Oddy Click here to read James' full preview
Final count: Lomachenko 5 Walters 0