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Bob Arum eyes Vasyl Lomachenko-Nicholas Walters clash for June 11

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Bob Arum says he's "very close" to finalizing a deal with HBO to feature a fight between Lomachenko and Walters, in a card that would also feature Top Rank prospect Felix Verdejo.

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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been working hard to find a home for a card he's been pitching to premium cable networks that would be headlined by Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters. Arum wanted his card to be a doubleheader, which would also feature 140lb titleholder Viktor Postol vs. somebody -- and was hoping that somebody would be Adrian Granados.

Arum took his pitch to HBO, but they weren't quick to bite. Then, after being frustrated by HBO's lack of commitment, he said he would take his pitch to rival network Showtime, despite publicly ridiculing Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza on a number of occasions. It seems Showtime didn't take the bait either (or a possible Arum apology), as Arum is back negotiating the card with HBO. Now, the proposed card won't be as Arum wanted it, but it would still feature a Lomachenko-Walters showdown.

"Lomachenko I think is the best fighter in the world," Arum said of the brilliant two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist, who won a world title in his third professional fight. "But when you fight a guy who punches like Walters there's always a danger in the fight. Hopefully, we can get the card done with HBO. They're not 100 percent yet but it's moving in that direction."

The working idea is that Lomchenko would face Walters on a June 11th fight date in New York that would be co-featured by Puerto Rican uber-prospect Felix Verdejo. The date, place, and Verdejo are all significant in this equation as the card would essentially be built around the annual Puerto Rican Day parade in NYC.

As for poor ol' Postol, who the network pretend to not even know (according to Arum), Arum will be looking to place him on a card elsewhere. Postol being co-featured on Terence Crawford's next fight is a possibility says Arum, which would certainly be a nice set-up to a title unification between the two in the near future.