Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) knocked out overmatched WBO junior lightweight titleholder Rocky Martinez (29-3-3, 18 KOs) in Round five at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. last Saturday night.
With the victory, Lomachenko, in only his seventh professional bout, becomes the fastest fighter to capture world titles in two divisions.
The 28-year-old southpaw opened the fight by popping Martinez with stinging jabs. Martinez followed, but couldn’t touch his fleet-footed challenger.
In Round two, the much quicker Lomachenko began to dominate the fight. He jumped inside and landed a jolting uppercut. A few seconds later, a straight left hand connected--followed by right to the body. Martinez, forced into a defensive posture, had no comeback.
Martinez, 33, finally landed a solid right hand in Round three. Lomachenko, seemingly perturbed, staggered his rival near the end of the heat with a sharp left to the jaw.
Round four was more of the same. Lomachenko stung Martinez with multiple shots to the head and body. The champion tried to answer back with counter blows, but Lomachenko, blessed with the best footwork in boxing, skipped away and tattooed him with blows.
Lomachenko continued his onslaught in Round five. Two left hands knocked Martinez into the ropes. An uppercut--followed by a blistering right hook--sent Martinez crashing to the canvas. The former champion barely moved as referee Danny Schiavone reached the count of 10.
The time was 1:09 of Round five.
“I need more fights, it’s not enough for me” said Lomachenko in the ring through a translator. “I need more fights to get better as a fighter. I think I did my job very well.”
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