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Lomachenko Decisions Russell, Captures WBO Crown

By Rick Reeno

StubHub Center, Carson, California - Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1KO) won a twelve round majority decision over previously undefeated Gary Russell Jr. (24-1, 14KOs) to capture the vacant WBO featherweight championship. The scores were 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.

It was a chess match in the first four rounds, but Lomanchenko exploded with punches to the head and body in the fifth. Russell came back to put in the better work during the sixth. Russell was controlling the seventh until Lomachenko fired off big combination in to get him in trouble during the final minute, and then Lomachenko worked him over with wicked shots to the head and body.

Russell was able to get himself back in order during the eight and ninth, but Lomachenko was landing the hard and more accurate shots to the body. Both fighters had their moments during the tenth. Lomachenko landed the better arsenal of shots during the eleventh, including a hard uppercut up the middle. Lomachenko took over the final minute of the twelfth and once again stunned Russell and had him in serious trouble as the fight came to a close.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Koba-Grozny on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=ButtScratcher^^;14684886]Let loma reach it's peak before facing rigo. That would be more mouth-watering and meaningful fight. Right now he's getting there, he is still managing when and where is the right time to apply his burst pressure punches, that's what…

Comment by PainfromUkraine on 06-24-2014

Lomachenko proved his quality. [QUOTE=PainfromUkraine;14458695]If anything, it's Loma that's the tested one, while GRJ is the unknown quantity. We know that Loma can immediately do 10 and 12 rounds. We know he can at least survive dirty tactics. We also…

Comment by PittyPat on 06-23-2014

[QUOTE=RiC-DiC;14684382]dude [b]vagisyl[/b] got schooled by washed up old man.[/QUOTE] Why would you call him that?

Comment by MASTER1454 on 06-23-2014

[QUOTE=Upstate NY;14684485]I don't comment often, but have to say that was a very good performance. Terrible commentating on Showtime and if that fight isn't 10-2 or 9-3 at best, I must be watching a different fight.[/QUOTE] 10-2 - at worst........

Comment by MASTER1454 on 06-23-2014

[QUOTE=gingerbreadman;14684419]Some of that was just utterly beautiful. If he could tone down some of the punch-avoidance slightly IMO he would become instantly a lot more devastating. 9/10, great performance.[/QUOTE] Tone down his punch avoidance? SERIOUSLY? This is hit & not…

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