Before Vasyl Lomachenko fights Miguel Marriaga on ESPN, watch Lomachenko win the WBO 130 lbs title with a wipeout of Rocky Martinez.
On Saturday, August 5th, Ukrainian boxing powerhouse Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) will defend his WBO junior lightweight belt against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs), who is moving up in weight and is probably going to get steamrolled. Marriaga has the magical “puncher’s chance” but really the interest is seeing one of the best pound-for-pound pugilists fight live on ESPN.
Before Lomachenko takes on Marriaga, here’s a look back at how Lomachenko won the WBO title in the first place. On June 11th, 2016, Lomachenko headlined an HBO card against Puerto Rico’s Roman “Rocky” Martinez, who entered the fight as the reigning champion. While Lomachenko isn’t known as a devastating power-puncher, he dominated Martinez with his superior boxing skill before destroying Rocky for good with one right hook.
You can watch the video at the top of the page. The fight begins at roughly 7:13 and ends with the brutal punch at 24:08.
Here’s the incredibly blunt play-by-play from Bad Left Hook’s Scott Christ:
Round 5: Lomachenko firing away and HOLY SHIT A HUGE RIGHT HOOK AND MARTINEZ IS DOWN! THIS FIGHT IS OVER! MASSIVE! Lomachenko KO-5
Plus the BLH comments section reacting to the KO:
Bloody Elbow will have live coverage of Lomachenko vs. Marriaga, which airs live on ESPN at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.