Lomachenko Dominates, Drops, Stops Marriaga in Seven


By Keith Idec

Vasyl Lomachenko demoralized another contender and made him quit Saturday night.

Way behind on the scorecards and obviously overmatched, Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga decided seven discouraging rounds against Lomachenko was more than enough. Ukraine’s Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) won their ESPN main event by technical knockout and made a third impressive defense of his WBO super featherweight title at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The uniquely skilled southpaw made a third straight opponent quit between rounds. Former champions Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KOs) and Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) also declined to continue in their respective fights against Lomachenko on April 8 and November 26.

The heavily favored Lomachenko began battering Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) with body shots and uppercuts during the middle portion of the seventh round. He dropped Marriaga for the second time in the fight when his left hand to the head sent Marriaga to the canvas with one second to go in the seventh.

Marriaga reached his feet and walked to his corner, but Jack Reiss waved an end to the scheduled 12-round fight several seconds later.

Marriaga remained reluctant to engage during the sixth round. Lomachenko landed several hard body shots in that round, as well as a right uppercut.

vasyl-lomachenko (3)_6

Lomachenko complained to referee Jack Reiss in the fifth round about Marriaga hitting him low and head-butting him.

An accidental clash of heads with just over a minute left in the fourth round caused a cut near the corner of Lomachenko’s left eye. Their heads came together just after Lomachenko landed a right uppercut.

Lomachenko also had a mark under his right eye by that point in the fight.

Lomachenko floored an off-balance Marriaga with a straight left hand with 37 seconds to go in the third round, after their legs got tangled. Marriaga didn’t seem to be hurt badly and got up quickly.

Once the action resumed, Lomachenko backed into a neutral corner and demonstratively waved Marriaga forward, so that they could exchange punches from close quarters.

Marriaga usually is a stronger starter, but he was tentative from the beginning against a left-handed opponent who has faster hands and better footwork. Mostly moving backward, Marriaga allowed Lomachenko to come forward and land at will during the first two rounds.

Marriaga landed a right hand apiece in the first two rounds, but not much else as Lomachenko landed lots of jabs and straight left hands.

Lomachenko has won eight straight fights since suffering his lone loss, a 12-round split decision to Mexico’s Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31 KOs, 1 NC), in March 2014. Salido roughed up Lomachenko in just the second professional fight for the former amateur star and edged him on two of the three scorecards that night in San Antonio (116-112, 115-113, 113-115).

The two-time Olympic gold medalist also won a sixth consecutive bout by knockout or technical knockout.

Marriaga, 30, lost a second straight bout. Mexico’s Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs) defeated Marriaga by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight for Valdez’s WBO featherweight title April 22 in Carson, California.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ajvar on 08-11-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17929605]What was Loma doing when he was 22?? :lol1::lol1:[/QUOTE] Been preparing for his [U][COLOR="Yellow"][B]2nd[/B][/COLOR][/U] [COLOR="Yellow"][B]Gold Olympic[/B][/COLOR] medal because he won his [U][B][COLOR="Yellow"]first[/COLOR][/B] at 20[/U], you pathetic looser. [QUOTE=Kigali;17931334]None as big as being a Champion at 22:bottle:[/QUOTE] LMAO. Keep sucking that…

Comment by richardt on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=repsa;17933105]So they chose a guy that lost his last fight to defend the title against?[/QUOTE]If any of those other guys would have stepped up, they wouldnt have. The date got to close and they had to pick from whoever was…

Comment by repsa on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=richardt;17925749]Because Salido turned down 750,000, Rigo turned down 500,000, even though Davis would probably jump at the opportunity, Mayweather wants to wait on that fight, Valdez is with TR and Arum isnt going to ruin his buildup and grooming of…

Comment by Steven Mccowan on 08-08-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;17931334]None as big as being a Champion at 22:bottle:[/QUOTE]two gold medals, and 2 weight division championships seems pretty big to me.

Comment by Kigali on 08-08-2017

[QUOTE=Steven Mccowan;17930371]accomplishing big goals[/QUOTE] None as big as being a Champion at 22:bottle:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (573)
Top Headlines McGregor: I Told Malignaggi - 'You Look Stupid, Get Over The Photo' Edis Tatli, Francesco Patera Rematch Agreement is Reached Cunningham: I'm Prepared To Do Whatever To Get The Job Done Klitschko Praises Floyd, Says McGregor Reminds Him of Fight Club Marciano's Son: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0 With Win! Video: Joe Cortez Discusses Mayweather vs. McGregor, More Payano Easily Out-Boxes Santiago, Wins Unanimous Decision Ladarius Miller Beats Jamel Herring; Ashley Theophane Loses Photos: Jack-Cleverly, Cunningham-Tabiti - FaceOffs at T-Mobile Video: Malignaggi Discusses Conor McGregor Confrontation Photos: Mayweather, McGregor - Grand Arrivals at T-Mobile McGregor: Mayweather Praying That I’m Struggling to Make Weight Video: McGregor, Malignaggi Nearly Erupt at T-Mobile Arena McGregor, Malignaggi in Heated Confrontation at Grand Arrivals Video: Mayweather, McGregor Camps Near Scuffle at T-Mobile Cleverly Feels Win Over Badou Jack Will Secure Andre Ward Shot Mayweather Believes McGregor is Struggling To Make Weight Carl Frampton is Urged To Sign Promotional With Eddie Hearn Crawford-Indongo Telecast Averaged 965,000 Viewers on ESPN Former Sparring Partner Admits McGregor Was Not Hard To Hit Eubank Jr: Mayweather Will Be More Aggressive, Will Go For KO Shane McGuigan Removes Carl Frampton From Twitter Bio Mayweather-McGregor News; Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov, More TMT's DeJuan Blake: McGregor is Awkward, Mayweather is Ready Paul Hyland vs Stephen Ormond on October 21 in Belfast Jeff Horn: I'd Fight Mayweather Like Maidana Did - But Consistent! Cotto Unfazed By All the Attention Paid to Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Head: McGregor is Younger, Stronger, Longer, Big Puncher Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo: Post-Undisputed Report Card McGregor's Trainer: No Doubt Mayweather Gets Knocked Out! Estrada Training Hard, Expects High Drama With Carlos Cuadras Euro News: Virgilijus Stapuliones, Frenois vs. Dib, More Ellerbe: Mayweather Brought Boxing Back, People Talking Again! Malignaggi: The Boxing World is Laughing at McGregor! Roy Jones Jr. and BeIN Sports Ink Television Deal For Events Harmonito Dela Torre Furious Over Saul Rodriguez Withdrawal McGregor KO Would Resonate Far Beyond Weekend in Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo Took Mayweather Fight Too Soon, Better for It Cleverly Expects Mayweather To Stop McGregor Inside of Six Retirement Crosses Canelo's Mind, But Not Ready to Walk Away

Latest Active Forum Threads