Vasyl Lomachenko defended his WBO super-featherweight pretension with a seventh-round blocking of Miguel Marriaga in Los Angeles.
Lomachenko (9-1-KO7) had few problems opposite loser Marriaga (25-3-KO21) and knocked him down twice before a Colombian fighter’s dilemma stepped in saved their male from any some-more punishment.
The Ukrainian, a two-time Olympic bullion medallist during a festive pledge career that saw him win 396 of 397 bouts, has set his sights on veteran boxing’s pound-for-pound climax after winning a universe pretension in usually his third fight.
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He was in control from a early exchanges and had Marriaga down in a third turn before motioning a Colombian to come and fight.
To his credit, Marriaga did and held Lomachenko in a fourth with a shot that left a hash on his face – Lomachenko was also cut above his left eye after an random strife of heads.
But he was never in any risk and continued to locate Marriaga from all angles, putting his competition down again a seventh, that Marriaga only managed to make it to a finish of.
However, Marriaga’s group had seen adequate and withdrew their warrior between rounds, withdrawal Lomachenko to applaud and contemplate his subsequent opponent, presumably Guillermo Rigondeaux.
He said: “I consider there are a few guys. There’s Rigondeaux if he answers Dino’s call. There’s [Orlando] Salido (who degraded Lomachenko in his second pro fight). And there’s [Miguel] Berchelt, who has a universe title.
“For me, it doesn’t matter. we will quarrel anybody. we wish to quarrel and we wish to harmonize titles. [If we fight] Rigondeaux we consider it looks a same as this.
“It is not my pursuit [to find opponents]. My pursuit is to work my best fighting in a ring.”