Lomachenko defeats Russell Jr. and is the new WBO featherweight champion
Jun 22 2014 4:53 AM
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Vasyl Lomachenko defeated the experienced Gary Russell Jr. and is now the WBO featherweight champion. This was Lomachenko's third professional bout and the second title match.

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The Commish says:

V-Lo Wins His First Title
Vasyl Lomachenko (V-Lo) captured his first world title in his third professional fight when he won a majority decision over Gary Russell at the Stub Hub Center in California on Saturday night.

Russelll, who came into the fight with a 24-0 record, started strong, but had trouble penetrating the tight defense of the two-time Olympic champion.

V-Lo showed a varied attack, with consisted of accurate counter-punching, power jabs, powerful lefts to the body and hard right hooks to the head.

By the 8th round, Russell's left eye was sporting a puffiness. At that point, V-Lo began turning it on. He closed the show strong and Russell needed all his skill and heart to survive.

Judges Max DeLuca and Pat Russell had it 116-112, while judge Lisa Giampa had it a draw at 114-114. This reporter's card had it 117-113 for V-Lo. Referee Jack Reiss did a superb job in this clinch-free contest.

Gary Russell said he'd go back to the drawing board. If anything, this fight made him a better fighter.

For V-Lo, who made it to a title quicker than anybody, has a plethora of featherweights and 122-pounders to give title shots to. Two names are Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

For the first time in many years, the featherweight division is big news in boxing again.

-Randy G.

Skibbz says:

It was a much more mature performance it must be said and I agree Commissioner Vasyl turned up the heat just at the right time. A very professional performance now i've watched it over a second time. The disparity between these two fighters became very clear to see and that's not saying Gary is an unskilled operator, more that Vasyl is a very technically gifted boxer with a solid all round game.

I was disappointed in not seeing an early finish but I didn't see the opportunity and I don't think Vasyl was going to take any unnecessary risks in his second chance.

Santa Cruz would be a great fight. The fight with Guillermo a few more fights down the road will be one to treasure and watch over and over for years to come I'm sure. A few guys in Britain he could face, Walters too after his demolition job of the Armenian Crab a few weeks back.

It's weird thinking about it, a fighter 2-1 with a world title, and already being talked about in potential match ups with the best boxers in his division. Lomachenko only has Muangsurin as his peer to have seized upon a title so fast. Lomachenko could further mature into something special, it's going to be a great ride.

The Commish says:

[QUOTE=Skibbz;56300]It was a much more mature performance it must be said and I agree Commissioner Vasyl turned up the heat just at the right time. A very professional performance now i've watched it over a second time. The disparity between these two fighters became very clear to see and that's not saying Gary is an unskilled operator, more that Vasyl is a very technically gifted boxer with a solid all round game.

I was disappointed in not seeing an early finish but I didn't see the opportunity and I don't think Vasyl was going to take any unnecessary risks in his second chance.

Santa Cruz would be a great fight. The fight with Guillermo a few more fights down the road will be one to treasure and watch over and over for years to come I'm sure. A few guys in Britain he could face, Walters too after his demolition job of the Armenian Crab a few weeks back.

It's weird thinking about it, a fighter 2-1 with a world title, and already being talked about in potential match ups with the best boxers in his division. Lomachenko only has Muangsurin as his peer to have seized upon a title so fast. Lomachenko could further mature into something special, it's going to be a great ride.[/QUOTE]

It doesn't take much to get me esxcited about this sport, so when a massive talent like V-Lo comes along, I am pumped beyond belief.

He is unquestionably a physical and athletic phenomenon. Have you ever seen him doing one-handed pullups? I have. In person. Watching him train and do things I've never seen other athletes do makes one's eyes absolutely bug out of their head. V-Lo is a freak of nature.

He is quite obviously an outstanding fighter. According to a source close to him, he has already asked promoter Bob Arum to line up his first title defense.

Question: Is it premature to put him in our Top-10 PxP List? I can hear many of you saying, “Of course it's too early. He has only had three fights.”

Very true. But what three-fight pro is a world champion? None.

Maybe I'll hold off on putting him onto my list.

I'll wait until he has had four fights!

-Randy G.

thegreyman says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;56313]It doesn't take much to get me esxcited about this sport, so when a massive talent like V-Lo comes along, I am pumped beyond belief.

He is unquestionably a physical and athletic phenomenon. Have you ever seen him doing one-handed pullups? I have. In person. Watching him train and do things I've never seen other athletes do makes one's eyes absolutely bug out of their head. V-Lo is a freak of nature.

He is quite obviously an outstanding fighter. According to a source close to him, he has already asked promoter Bob Arum to line up his first title defense.

Question: Is it premature to put him in our Top-10 PxP List? I can hear many of you saying, “Of course it's too early. He has only had three fights.”

Very true. But what three-fight pro is a world champion? None.

Maybe I'll hold off on putting him onto my list.

I'll wait until he has had four fights!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I don't think its premature to rank him. P4P is done purely on skill, and any active fighter can rank, whether they have 3 fights or 300, 1 loss or 10. Records aren't more important that skill, and that's something Lomachenko has in abundance. Even titles shouldn't be an influencing factor in my opinion.

Skibbz says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;56313]It doesn't take much to get me esxcited about this sport, so when a massive talent like V-Lo comes along, I am pumped beyond belief.

He is unquestionably a physical and athletic phenomenon. Have you ever seen him doing one-handed pullups? I have. In person. Watching him train and do things I've never seen other athletes do makes one's eyes absolutely bug out of their head. V-Lo is a freak of nature.

He is quite obviously an outstanding fighter. According to a source close to him, he has already asked promoter Bob Arum to line up his first title defense.

Question: Is it premature to put him in our Top-10 PxP List? I can hear many of you saying, “Of course it's too early. He has only had three fights.”

Very true. But what three-fight pro is a world champion? None.

Maybe I'll hold off on putting him onto my list.

I'll wait until he has had four fights!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I used to be able to do one handed pull ups myself, I can still do them if I hold onto my arm that's hanging onto the bar now but not with just one arm on it's own. It takes great strength and conditioning to do it and is something that only comes from tens of thousands of hours of practise. An athlete that can work it simply displays his physical strength, athleticism and devotion in great abundance.

I think it may be too soon simply because he's still adjusting to this side of the sport. I agree with Greyman that his skill and will surely rank him amongst the top 10 in our sport. It's incredible to think. I want him to face Rigondeaux… more so than I would want to see Floyd face Manny.. We're coming to an end of an era and the beginning of a new dawn..