Vasyl Lomachenko shows that he is elite, Felix Verdejo looks back to form
By Hector Franco
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – In just his seventh fight as a professional, Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1) became a two-division world champion. Lomachenko was able to knock out Roman Martinez (29-3-3) at the 1:09 mark of the fifth round in spectacular fashion. The end came with a beautiful right hook that sent Martinez to the canvas for the ten count. Lomachenko dominated every second of the bout with his ability to turn his opponent. The two-time Olympic gold medalist looked like a veteran in the ring against Martinez. He was able to set traps for Martinez while being the aggressor. With just seven fights under his belt, Lomachenko is already one of the best fighters in boxing.
The 130-pound division now looks to be one of the most exciting divisions in the sport. There are many options awaiting Lomachenko in this division. He can face former, Japanese World Champion, Takashi Miura. Look for redemption in a rematch with Orlando Salido and unify the division against Francisco Vargas. There is also the long awaited match up with Nicholas Walters that could come in the future. Whatever happens, next Lomachenko is must see television for boxing fans.
After looking rather unimpressive and pedestrian in his last two outings, Felix Verdejo looked back to his old form against Juan Jose Martinez. Verdejo worked behind a jab and employed side-to-side movement throughout the fight. The young Puerto Rican star also used body shots much more frequently in this bout. Verdejo (22-0 15 knockouts) was able to score a fifth round technical stoppage with 20 seconds left in the fifth round. This was Verdejo’s third time fighting this year. If all goes well we may see him three more times in 2016.
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