How would Vasiliy Lomachenko carry out in his first battle again since dropping his unified light-weight world titles to Teofimo Lopez?
Effectively, he regarded just like the Loma of outdated, as he despatched Masayoshi Nakatani to the canvas twice to win through TKO on the 1:48 mark of the ninth spherical at the Virgin Accommodations Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday evening. DAZN Information had the battle scored 79-72 for Lomachenko on the time of the stoppage.
“I’m again and on monitor,” Lomachenko stated in his post-fight interview.
Smelling blood like a shark within the water, Lomachenko began focusing on Nakatani’s eye with one energy shot after one other. A straight left from Lomachenko made Nakatani maintain on for pricey life. Lomachenko regarded to shut the present and did simply that as a left hook surprised Nakatani and yet another left for good measure despatched the Japanese fighter to a knee, earlier than the battle was stopped.
As an alternative of taking his time as he did in opposition to Lopez in October, the previous three-division champion got here out firing on all cylinders and pressured Nakatani from the opening bell. He used his world-class footwork to open the angles to blast Nakatani with one left hand after one other.
The punishment was beginning to take its toll on Nakatani. On the finish of the fifth spherical, Lomachenko landed one other left, and Nakatani tried to again up, and Lomachenko blasted a proper hand to ship Nakatani down for the primary time within the battle.
So, what’s subsequent for Lomachenko? The daddy of Teofimo Lopez was on the battle and informed ESPN that his son would battle Lomachenko subsequent, however it must be instantly after his battle with George Kambosos Jr. That battle is at present scheduled for Aug. 14. Lomachenko stated he’ll be prepared.
“He has a battle sooner or later with Kamabosos,” Lomachenko stated. “December, January, February. I’m ready.”
Based on CompuBox, Lomachenko linked on 104 out of 204 makes an attempt (48.6 %), with 89 of these photographs being energy punches out of 152. Within the ninth spherical alone, Lomachenko linked on 19 of 29 energy punches.
Here is how the entire Lomachenko-Nakatani predominant card went.