Vasyl Lomachenko knocked down Jose Ramirez at 1:50 of round one, and the Ukrainian didn't let up, in the second fight on the Top Rank/HBO PPV, topped by a Juan Manuel Marquez-Tim Bradley scrap.
Loma, the two time Olympic gold medalist, had to fend of Ramirez in the last part of the round but looked like an old pro in his first outing, at the Thomas and mack.
The 25-year-old lefty showed hand speed, an ability to move when needed, block, slip, change speeds on his shots, tie up when needing a break...lots to like here.
The Mexican, entering at 25-3, didn't come in awed, assuming the debuter would steamroll him. Loma (396-1 as an amateur) didn't look at all like he had to acclimate to the pro game in round three, though he had to work to win rounds.
Tell you what worked the best...a left to the solar plexus, coming from underneath, in round four. It sent Ramirez to the mat, and the ref said no mas, at 2:59, stopping his count at seven. He used the Mexican's aggression against him, finding an opening as Ramirez was rushing him.
The WBO international featherweight crown was his.
Post-fight, he told Max Kellerman that he wanted to give his best in his first outing, but that didn't happen. Max noted that he won a half dozen fights in the World Series of Boxing and didn't notch a KO, but the winner said his power showed on this night, because the pro style gloves allow him to close his fists. What about him vs. Rigondeaux, the Cuban? He said he'd need a couple more fights before taking on Rigo, because he respects Rigo's skills.
Seanie Monaghan of Long Island started off the TV portion of the card with action galore. He stopped Anthony Smith in the third round of a light heavyweight scrap. Seanie is strong, puts together punches in bunches, works off the jab, and loves his combo platters. Yes, sometimes his head stays stationary and maybe he won't have an easy time against the slick technicians. But we'd love to see him put his heart up against Julio Cesar Chavez' sometime down the line.
Who will win #HOPKINSKOVALEV