On this day: Vasiliy Lomachenko drops and stops Miguel Marriaga, retains WBO 130-pound title

On this day: Vasiliy Lomachenko drops and stops Miguel Marriaga, retains WBO 130-pound title Photo by Mikey Williams-Top Rank 05 Aug by The Ring Now you see him, now you don’t. On August 5, 2017, Vasiliy Lomachenko dominated Miguel Marriaga en route to a seventh-round stoppage and retained his WBO junior lightweight title at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. At the time of the fight, Lomachenko was a two-weight world titleholder and a pound for pound entrant. In June 2016, the Ukrainian wizard electrified the boxing world with a brutal fifth-round knockout of Roman Martinez to win the 130-pound belt. For an encore, “Hi-Tech” forced two corner retirements in title defenses against Nicholas Walters (TKO 7) and Jason Sosa (TKO 9). Marriaga would be the third. The Colombian challenger had a 25-2 (21 KOs) record and his only losses had come on points to Walters and Oscar Valdez in world title fights. But as had been the case with almost every Lomachenko opponent before him, Marriaga struggled to land a blow of consequence. After dominating the opening two rounds, Lomachenko decked his opponent with a left hand in the third. When Marriaga got to his feet, the champion remained in the neutral corner and beckoned his bewildered foe to come at him. The challenger did so – reluctantly. The fight was no contest and was becoming hard to watch by the seventh. Lomachenko scored multi-punch salvos at will, whereas Marriaga was reticent to let his hands go for fear of being punished further. Another knockdown late in that round was probably the deciding factor in the corner saving their man for another day. Please leave this field empty SIGN UP TO GET RING NEWS ALERTS Email Address * Share this story Ratings | View All Top 6 Pound for Pound 1 2 3 4 5 6 Trending Blair Cobbs wants to prove he’s ready for prime time against former titleholder Maurice Hooker Michael Conlan-Miguel Marriaga and undercard: Weights and photos Dalton Smith-Sam O’Maison and undercard: Weigh-in photos On this day: Vernon Forrest scores controversial decision win over Ike Quartey Natasha Jonas-Patricia Berghult 154-pound unification bout set for Sept. 3 in Liverpool Schedule | View All 06Aug Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Michael McKinson (DAZN) 13Aug Teofimo Lopez vs. Pedro Campa (ESPN/ESPN+) 20Aug Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua (DAZN) Facebook RingTV Official Product Shop Now!

On this day: Vasiliy Lomachenko drops and stops Miguel Marriaga, retains WBO 130-pound title

On this day: Vasiliy Lomachenko drops and stops Miguel Marriaga, retains WBO 130-pound title

Photo by Mikey Williams-Top Rank
by The Ring

Now you see him, now you don’t.

On August 5, 2017, Vasiliy Lomachenko dominated Miguel Marriaga en route to a seventh-round stoppage and retained his WBO junior lightweight title at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

At the time of the fight, Lomachenko was a two-weight world titleholder and a pound for pound entrant. In June 2016, the Ukrainian wizard electrified the boxing world with a brutal fifth-round knockout of Roman Martinez to win the 130-pound belt. For an encore, “Hi-Tech” forced two corner retirements in title defenses against Nicholas Walters (TKO 7) and Jason Sosa (TKO 9).

Marriaga would be the third.

The Colombian challenger had a 25-2 (21 KOs) record and his only losses had come on points to Walters and Oscar Valdez in world title fights. But as had been the case with almost every Lomachenko opponent before him, Marriaga struggled to land a blow of consequence.

After dominating the opening two rounds, Lomachenko decked his opponent with a left hand in the third. When Marriaga got to his feet, the champion remained in the neutral corner and beckoned his bewildered foe to come at him. The challenger did so – reluctantly.

The fight was no contest and was becoming hard to watch by the seventh. Lomachenko scored multi-punch salvos at will, whereas Marriaga was reticent to let his hands go for fear of being punished further. Another knockdown late in that round was probably the deciding factor in the corner saving their man for another day.