And The New: Lomachenko KOs Martinez for WBO World super featherweight title
June 11, 2016
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)

And The New: Lomachenko KOs Martinez for WBO World super featherweight title

Top Rank hosted a fight card of all but two ending in knock out wins held at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Moving up to the super featherweight division for the first time in his professional career, Vasyl Lomachenko knocked out the champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, in round five to become the new WBO World super featherweight champion.

Martinez down and out in round five.

In just seven professional bouts, Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) captured his second world title in two different weight divisions. From the first round, Lomachenko dominated the champ. Martinez (29-3, 17 KOs) was too slow for the challenger and could not find a much quicker answer to his counter punches. Martinez couldn’t avoid Lomachenko’s right hand. The speed and footwork from the challenger was the key point in this fight, and he was patient and looked more experienced in the ring tonight. Lomachenko set up the right hand, in round five, that sent Martinez straight to the canvas with a left uppercut. Martinez could not make the ten count and got up looking confused that he didn’t make the count. Referee, Danny Schiazone, waved the fight at 1:09.

Lomchenko landed 32 of 107 jabs and 55 of 95 power punches. Martinez landed 6 of 81 jabs and 28 of 97 power punches.

“I need more fights,” Lomachenko said post fight interview with Max Kellerman. “Not enough for me to get better.”

“The reason I like Olympic boxing, is all best fighters get together and see who the best fighter is. That’s what I want to do in professional boxing, is fight the best fighter to see who the best fighter is.”

Lomachenko was just too quick for Martinez.

Lomachenko is a two-time Olympic gold medalist with an amateur record of 386-1. He fought for his first world title in just his second professional fight, in which he lost to Orlando Salido. Lomachenko came back in his third fight against Gary Russel, Jr. for the vacant WBO World featherweight title and won by majority decision.

“There’s a saying in boxing,” Lomachenko addressed about his knockout win. “If you want to win by KO, you’re not going to win. I came in and did what I did and the knockout came.”

“He was way too fast for me,” said Martinez. “I couldn’t see his hands.”

Referee steps in at 2:40 in round five.

Felix Vedejo (22-0, 15 KOs), looked focused and patient in the ring with Juan Jose Martinez (25-3, 17 KOs). The Puerto Rican defended his WBO Latino Championship for the sixth time. Verdejo found the opportunity to send Martinez home with a third loss in round five. Verdejo threw a double jab followed by a right hand that hurt Martinez. Verdejo put on the pressure, attempting the body, and attacking upstairs before referee Michael Ortego stepped in and stop the fight at 2:40.

Verdejo landed 51% of his power punches, 63 of 123, while Martinez landed 30% of his power punches, landing 24 of 79. Verdejo remains undefeated and adds another knock out win to his record.

Zou retains championship title.

China’s Zou Shiming (8-1, 2 KOs) breezed through Hungary’s Jozef Ajtai (15-3, 10 KOs) in his first defense of his WBO International flyweight title. All judges scored it 100-89 for Zou Shiming who remains champion.


Jose Gonzalez (3-0-1, 1 KOs), of New York, NY, and Sean Acosta (0-2-1), of Puerto Rico, grabbed their first draw in a back and forth, four round bout. Judges had it 39-37 for Gonzalez and 38-38 for a majority draw decision.

Julian Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of New Jersey, finished Adam Mate (18-10, 11 KOs), of Honduras, in the first round.

Christopher Diaz (17-0, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico, grabbed an eighth round TKO over Nefatli Campos (11-2, 9 KOs), of Tijuana, MX.

Juan Carlos Rivera (7-0, 4 KOs), of Orlando, FL., remains undefeated with a sixth round TKO win over Heriberto Delgado (11-5-1, 6 KOs), of Tijuana, MX.

Michael Reed (19-0, 11 KOs) remains undefeated with a six round TKO win over Abraham Cordero (13-3-1, 7 KOs), of Guadalajara, MX.

 All photos and cover photo is credited to Mikey Williams/Top Rank.






Anna Aguilar