Vasyl Lomachenko defends belt, stops Marriaga after 7 rounds

2017-08-05 22:01:07

LOS ANGELES (AP) Vasyl Lomachenko stopped Miguel Marriaga after seven rounds Saturday night to defend his WBO 130-pound title for the third time in nine months.

Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs), the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine, showcased his virtuosic technical skill and athletic prowess in another one-sided victory.

He knocked down Marriaga (25-3) in the third round and systematically broke the Colombian's will with precise punching and graceful footwork in the ensuing rounds.

Lomachenko floored Marriaga again in the waning seconds of the seventh, and the challenger's corner stopped the bout after the bell.

Ray Beltran also fought through two cuts to squeak out a majority decision over Bryan Vasquez before a lively crowd of 4,102 at the downtown Microsoft Theater.