On November 26, Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) will challenge rising pound-for-pound champion, Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs).
In a classic matchup of strength versus skill, Lomachenko’s technical skills will need to hold off the devastating power of Walters.
Here are the three keys to victory Walters will need to follow in order to become a two-division champion.
1. Use Every Inch of His Reach Advantage
Nicholas Walters has abnormally long arms for a fighter his size. At 73,” Walters will have more than seven inches over Lomachenko.
Walters should use his natural size advantages to his benefit.
He especially needs to use his long jab and ability to land body shots from a distance.
2. Keep the Guard High and Tight
The Axe Man isn’t so much of a defensive wizard, but more of a tank. Walters’ defense is textbook–hands pressed against his head, elbows tucked in and his chin held down.
While Walters isn’t untouchable, it is hard to actually land effectively on him. Walters will need to keep his guard up at all times to prevent Vasyl Lomachenko from getting in clean shots.
This is essential as it seems as Lomachenko’s power has carried well up from Featherweight–just ask Rocky Martinez.
3. Focus Primarily on the Body
The Axe Man gets his name from his ability to chop down his opponents, primarily with his body punching.
The left hook to the body should be Nicholas Walters’ money punch against Vasyl Lomachenko. Walters’ left hooks are snappy and can be thrown from considerable range.
Orlando Salido was able to slow down Lomachenko with solid body punching in their fight.
Lastly, against fighters that use elusive movement as their main defense, such as Lomachenko, body punching is always the answer.
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