Two of Top Rank's best fighters, Vasyl Lomachenko and Viktor Postol are still without fight dates, but promoter Bob Arum is trying to change that as he pitches a "Boxing After Dark" doubleheader to HBO that would feature both fighters. Arum has designs on matching Vasyl Lomachenko against Nicholas Walters in a marquee fight that he says has already been made, or against an opponent of HBO's choosing.
"We'd like to do that fight and we've offered a card to HBO," Arum said. "We'll do Lomachenko against Walters or anybody else HBO wants. They say they are considering it and we're waiting to hear back."
Presumably, if Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) were to face Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs), it would be at featherweight, despite Walters losing his title on the scales last June for failing to make the featherweight limit. Despite since moving up since then to face Jason Sosa at junior lightweight, which resulted in a controversial draw (with most believing that Walters easily won that fight), Walters insists that he can still make 126lbs.
As far as Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) is concerned, Arum says he's willing to match Postol against anyone HBO would like, but his preference would be for Postol to face Adrian Granados (17-4-2, 12 KOs) out of Chicago. Granados' record is said to be a little misleading as he's on a four-fight winning streak, with his most recent fight being an upset TKO win over Amir Imam last November.
"I'd like to do Postol with Granados since he beat the guy who was Postol's mandatory. I think that adds some spice to the fight and the kid deserves it after that win," Arum said. "We'd like to do the card as soon as possible but, again, we're waiting on HBO to give us an answer."
As far as the match-ups go, I don't see why HBO would have much of a problem with this proposal. Of course money is always a key consideration, and whether or not they want to allocate the asking price required to put on this show remains to be seen.