By John J. Raspanti
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.