Vasyl Lomachenko stops Miguel Marriaga after seven rounds – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES – Vasyl Lomachenko has established himself as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and he has big plans for himself.
“I want to be in the history book of boxing,” he says.
Lomachenko on Saturday entered his junior lightweight title defense against Miguel Marriaga having won titles in two weight classes, even though he went in with just nine pro bouts.
Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner from Ukraine, continued his quest for greatness by stopping Marriaga after the seventh round before 4,102 at Microsoft Theater.
Lomachenko decked Colombia’s Marriaga (25-3) with a left cross in the third round. After Marriaga rose, Lomachenko stood in a neutral corner, swiveling his hips while coaxing Marriaga to come get him.
Then, near the end of the seventh, Lomachenko again floored Marriaga. Not long after Marriaga went back to his corner, the bout was waved off by referee Jack Reiss at the behest of Marriaga’s team.
Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) early on had a bit of trouble landing telling blows because of Marriaga’s movement and herky-jerky upper-body movement.
“It’s very hard when your opponent is different. He was always in this position,” Lomachenko said, holding his arms up arms up by his head, elbows by his side. “It’s very hard to open his body. Very hard.”
Lomachenko landed some vicious body shots in the latter stages.
Lomachenko was cut over the left eye from a clash of heads in the fourth round, but it was of little consequence, other than to Lomachenko’s vanity.
“You see my face; I don’t like it,” he said, smiling.
Marriaga gave Lomachenko all the credit.
“He dominated the fight,” he said. “I connected some good punches, but I couldn’t get the result I was looking for. I wanted to continue to fight, but my corner wanted to stop it.”
Lomachenko said during this promotion that he wants all the big fights within his weight class, and even those at a higher division. A fight that would seem up that alley…

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