Walters Blames Inactivity for Lomachenko Loss
Nicholas Walters entered his last fight against Vasyl Lomachenko with the reputation of a fearsome power-puncher that could give the fancy boxer trouble. That reputation took a huge hit on Saturday, when Walters quit on his stool after being shut out for seven rounds.
The Jamaican power-puncher refused to meet the bell for the eighth round, as Lomachenko had pulled away in rounds five through seven and began toying with Walters.
Speaking to BoxingScene after the fight, Walters said that his inactivity was the cause for the undesirable outcome of the bout. Walters had sat out for all of 2016, after fighting Jason Sosa to a draw in December of 2015.
"It wasn’t about not getting the job done tonight," Walters said. "You have to look at the inactivity. When a fighter is fighting at his best is when the fighter is fighting at his most. Inactivity for this year, this was the first fight for this year. Every fighter gets their warm-up fights.
"Every time I go into the ring, it’s against the best. This is my first fight of the year and look who they give me, the top fighter in the weight. Less activity for this year, that’s the main cause. We need to maybe get three fights per year. If I had two fights before this fight, it would be a hell of a different show."
It is unlikely that Walters will ever get the chance to prove that he can put on a better showing against Lomachenko. While his stock took a hit with his surrender on Saturday, Lomachenko continues to rise the pound-for-pound ranks with a handful of exciting matchups on the horizon.
Whether or not Walters showed signs of ring rust in the loss, he acknowledges that Lomachenko had him badly hurt in what would end up being the fight’s final round.
"He was catching me clearly in the last round. I barely made it through the round," Walters said. "I was out of range. I wasn’t finding my range. He was getting better and better each round. And then in the seventh round, he caught me with good body shots and he caught me with good head shots. My corner decided it would be stupid to go out there."