In the TV opener on PPV, Vasyl Lomachenko, the guy who went 396-1 as an amateur, took on Gamalier Rodriguez, with the WBO featherweight title held by Loma up for grabs.
Vasyl was the superior man all the way through, and ended the affair in round nine. Down went the underdog from the force of two right hooks. Fifty seconds elapsed and the ref reached the count of ten. He coulda done twenty, as Gammy was no longer game.
Rod is from Puerto Rico, while Loma, who many see as the man come two or three years, is from Ukraine.
In the first, the lefty Loma, was patient, so patient, understandable since he's done this a trillion times. He was in control through three, content to find his spots, be busier, work toward breaking down the underdog. The Top Rank boxer Loma jabbed in four, then looked to get closer, dig in more. Rod was eating clean shots now, the quicker hands getting to his face. In the fifth, we saw more strong work from Loma. Rod came forward in the sixth some, then got tagged, as Loma popped and slid. He twice gestured to the ref after the PR man hit him on the belt. The action looked similar, and none too good for the PR kid to the ninth.
The combos, swift, rapid, sharp, scored, though his D was decent, and he manged to blunt many along the way, or at least enough to stay aloft.
But not in round nine..
Loma went 227 to 55 in shots landed, for the record.
He said after to Max Kellerman that he wanted to be patient and dissect the loser. He stated that his experience against Orlando Salido, who hit him low multiple times in his second pro bout, taught him to stand up for himself, and alert the ref if such a thing occured. Roy Jones, we heard, thinks the 4-1 Loma is a top five pound for pound guy. But you need to beat a star; is Nicholas Walters next? Loma said he's not in the top five yet, props to him…
LSC beat Jose Cayetano, overmatched but tough, in the main support bout, a tepid affair. LSC said the loser was a great fighter, who was quite tough. I want the bigger fights, like versus Abner Mares and Lomachenko, he said after winning a UD10. He tried to close the show but didn't have the power, maybe at a new weight class.