Sunday, June 12, 2016
Lomachenko wipes out Martinez-Boxing Challenge
The most important fight saw Vasyl Lomachenko score the knockout of the year to date (Yes,I'm picking it over Alvarez-Khan) to win the WBO Jr.Lightweight title with a fifth round destruction of champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez.
Lomachenko landed an uppercut and then wiped out Martinez with a power right hook to end the champion's reign with one punch,
It was the type of performance that the technically skilled Lomachenko had been looking for in recent months and might be the first step in making Lomachenko an eventual pound for pound elite fighter...
I added two points for the win and KO with Ramon notching one for the win.
Also on HBO,Felix Verdejo stopped Juan Jose Martinez in five rounds to earn both of us two points.
Verdejo had struggled to two decision wins of late ,so an impressive win was an imperative for the Puerto Rican lightweight....
Over on Showtime,the Avis network had to be disappointed on two levels as their recent signee Ruslan Provodnikov lost a close,but unanimous decision to John Molina and just as importantly-wasn't nearly as exciting as some people had thought the fight would be.
I'm not saying it was a bad fight,but wasn't the war Showtime had thought it would be.
I scored Molina a 115-113 winner and no points for Ramon or I as we picked Provodnikov...
Ramon and I each earned a point as Demetrious Andrade stopped Willie Nelson in the 12th round to become a future mandatory contender.
Andrade,who was once a 154 pound champion before being stripped of the title for inactivity due to promotional issues had won every round on my card before the stoppage,..
I added two points to Ramon's one as exciting Dejan Zlatcanin knocked out Franklin Mamani in the third round to win the vacant WBC lightweight title.
In a lightweight division that is looking for a breakout star, Zlatcanin could be that person over the next year-IF he gets the right fights..