Vasyl Lomachenko dismantles Miguel Marriaga
Published: August 6, 2017
LOS ANGELES - Saturday night at Microsoft Theater the former two-time Ukrainian Olympic Gold Medalist, two division world champion and the consensus number one pound for pound fighter in the world Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) defended his World Boxing Organization Super-Featherweight title against the heavy hitting Colombian Miguel Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs).
Marriaga, whose only losses came in featherweight title bouts to Nicolas Walters and against WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, was no match for “Hi-Tech.” From the opening bell, Lomachenko used precise laser-like accuracy and masterful defense to keep Marriaga out of his comfort zone.
Lomachenko landed his jab at will and in the third a solid straight left broke through the guard of Marriaga sending him to the canvas. Then, as Lomachenko seemed to be in control of the fight Marriaga came forward leading with his head, causing a clash of heads that opened up a cut over the left eye of Lomachenko. The head butt, however, had no ill effects on Lomachenko as he completely dominated Marriaga throughout the middle rounds with his overwhelming ring generalship.
In the seventh round, Lomachenko hurt Marriaga landing 44% of his power punches and with one second left in the round Lomachenko landed a sweeping left hook dropping Marriaga to the canvas for the second time in the fight. Marriaga beat the count and made it back to his corner but his team had seen enough and waived off the fight, giving Lomachenko the TKO victory.
“It was a very interesting fight for me” stated Lomachenko. When asked about future opponents Lomachenko said. “For me it doesn’t matter, anybody anybody, I want to fight, and want to unify the titles.)
In the Co-main event of the night WBC-NABF and WBO-NABO Lightweight Champion, Ray Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico but fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona kept his chances of eventually fighting for world championship and most importantly obtaining a Green Card alive, by coming away with a victory over Bryan Vasquez (35-3, 19 KO’s) of San Jose, Costa Rica.
To start the bout the Costa Rican, Vasquez used technical boxing and moved in and out popping his jab while Beltran looked to time his dangerous left hook. Early in the third Beltran caught Vasquez with a solid shot to the chest and began landing punches consistently on his opponent.
Then in the fourth Beltran landed two solid left hooks followed by a big four punch combination that stunned Vasquez as the momentum of the fight gradually began to shift in his favor.
The middle rounds gave fight fans much of the same as Vasquez stayed on the defensive and Beltran used effective aggressiveness to land the harder shots while controlling the tempo of the fight.
To start the 10th and final round an accidental head butt opened up a huge gash on the forehead of Beltran leaving blood flowing into the his eyes. Smelling the blood Vasquez began to fire off at will catching Beltran with several hard shots to end the fight.
After ten tough rounds of boxing the judges scored the fight 95-95, and 96-94 (Twice) giving Ray Beltran the majority decision victory.
“I’ll fight anyone anywhere just call me, my goal is to win it doesn’t matter if it’s a decision or knockout,” stated Beltran. “I think when you feel pressure is when you have doubts, that’s what I always say. So I have no doubts in myself, I believe in myself, I just keep fighting and I’m enjoying the moment”
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