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Lomachenko KOs Martinez for signature win

In only seven professional fights, Vasyl Lomachenko has become a two-time world champion.

In only seven professional fights, Vasyl Lomachenko has become a two-time world champion.

It was only his seventh professional fight, by the incredible Vasyl Lomachenko earned the most incredible victory over his young career to become a two-time world champion as he won the WBO junior lightweight title with a fifth round knockout of Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez.

When it comes to his skill in the ring, very few match him, but Lomachenko needed an impressive victory over a high quality opponent; and this was it. A left uppercut followed by a hard right hook sent Martinez to the canvas and at the count of five it was clear to the referee that there was no point to continue counting.

Lomachenko is remarkably athletic and with over 300 amateur fights and Olympic Gold Medals in two different weight classes, his technical skill is among the very best in the world. He just needed a great victory over a top opponent. In just his second professional fight Lomachenko lost a split decision to Orlando Salido, who just went through three-straight wars (two against Martinez and most recently against Francisco Vargas). But it was clear in that fight that Lomachenko was not fully adjusted to the pro fight game.

Lomachenko rebounded with a majority decision victory over Gary Russell, Jr., but Russell’s style was not going to lead to an overly impressive win. But Lomachenko certainly got his statement victory with his fifth round knockout of Martinez, who has proven in his career he can take punches.

Fighting in a higher weight class than he previously did since turning pro, Lomachenko lost no speed but looked much more powerful and continues to impressive as one of the best around.

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