Saturday night, ESPN plays host to the man considered by some to be the best boxer in the world – Vasyl Lomachenko. Get a preview of the fight here.
This Saturday night, ESPN presents the second fight in their new partnership with Top Rank as Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1; 6 KO) takes on Miguel Marriaga (25-2; 21 KO). The fight is for Lomachenko’s WBO Super Featherweight (130 pound) title. Ring Magazine puts Lomachenko at #1 in the division, with Marriaga unranked. The fight will air live on ESPN this Saturday, August 5 with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET. Also on the card is Ray Beltran vs. Bryan Vasquez.
How do these two stack up?
Lomachenko: 29 years old | 5’6” | 65″ reach | southpaw stance
Marriaga: 30 years old | 5’8″ | 67″ reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Lomachenko: W – Jason Sosa (RTD) | W – Nicholas Walters (RTD) | W – Roman Martinez (KO)
Marriaga: L – Oscar Valdez (UD) | W – Eduardo Montoya (KO) | W – Guy Robb (TKO)
How did these two get here?
Vasyl Lomachenko is a phenom. He’s an amazingly decorated amateur, with multiple Olympic medals and only one amateur loss, he became a two division world champion seven fights into his pro career, and he’s probably the best technical boxer in the sport today. Some anlalysts crown him the #1 pound for pound king – some are waiting for him to build a more robust resume. Lomachenko has taken on some pretty amazing challenges in his meager 9 fight career, and he’s made very, very good fighters look like cans. He’s ready for literally any fighter promoters can get in the ring with him – hopefully this will bring him some more attention for the casual fan base.
Miguel Marriaga fights out of Columbia, and while he started his career against low-tier opponents, he’s been in there with some very solid fighters like Nicholas Walters and Oscar Valdez. Both of them scored wins over Marriaga, but couldn’t finish him. He’s a tough fighter who likes a good scrap, and will certainly bring it here. But he’s also coming in off a loss, and is stepping up in weight. His chances here are mighty small.
What can fans expect?
Marriaga is the kind of opponent where we are likely to hear things like “You’ve got to admire his heart. There’s no quit in this guy!” Which is all slang for “He’s getting mauled in there.” Unlike some other technicians, Lomachenko combines those high-level skills with a sense of power and brutality. He uses angles and precision to truly hurt his opponents – his KO of Rocky Martinez was a thing of beauty, and he made Walters pull a “No Mas.” The story of this fight is “Will he stop Marriaga?” And, yeah, he probably will, and it will probably be a little bit after the point where the beating starts to feel a little uncomfortable.
Prediction: Vasyl Lomachenko, KO8
Who should watch?
Anyone who wants to watch the best in the world. He’s not in there against a true challenge, so buyer beware. But he’s also the kind of fighter who is a joy to watch perform no matter what. Basically, if you’re into Mighty Mouse vs. Borg, this fight’s for you.