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Top Rank, Walters 'far apart on money' for Lomachenko fight

Nicholas Walters isn't set to face Vasyl Lomachenko just yet, though Bob Arum is still confident he'll get the fight done.

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Don't get yourself too excited just yet for that proposed clash between Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters, as reports that the fight is still a good ways from finalized, with Top Rank and Walters "far apart on money" during negotiations.

Promoter Bob Arum is reportedly "confident" that the deal will get worked out for a June 11 fight in New York, but this is hardly a done deal where they're just waiting for the last bits of paperwork to go through.

Walters (26-0-1, 21 KO) burst onto the scene in a big way in 2014, beating Vic Darchinyan in Macau and then dominating Nonito Donaire on HBO that October. Last year was rougher sailing for the Jamaican "Axeman," as he missed weight for a title defense against Miguel Marriaga, though he still won the fight that went ahead, and then was hit with a highly controversial draw in December against Jason Sosa in a 130-pound fight.

Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KO) would move up a division to face Walters, as the Ukrainian amateur great is finding it near impossible to get quality opposition at 126 pounds, where the majority of the division's name fighters -- Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr, Abner Mares, Jesus Cuellar, Lee Selby, etc. -- are with Al Haymon.

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