Vasyl Lomachenko, boxing’s rising pound-for-pound star defends his World Title on August 5th against former World Title challenger Miguel Marriaga, live on BoxNation.
Lomachenko, a double-Olympic gold medallist, won the WBO Featherweight crown in only his third professional contest. ‘Hi-Tech’ (8-1, 6 KOs) then became the fastest boxer to win a World Title at two weights.
The Ukrainian boxing wizard met Puerto Rican Roman Martinez in June 2016, putting on a masterclass in footwork before knocking out the Champion in the fifth round to claim his current WBO strap.
Most recently, the Olympian outclassed Jason Sosa, again putting on a dazzling display before earning his fifth knockout victory in a row. Lomachenko is keen to unify with the other belt-holders at 130 pounds, but whether or not the likes of Gervonta Davis and Miguel Berchelt will agree to face him is a different question.
Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) challenged Oscar Valdez in April, putting in a brave performance before dropping a decision. The Colombian is game as they come and has proven power, so will be keen to meet Lomachenko in the centre of the ring, which will please the Los Angeles crowd.
The 30-year-old will be confident of catching the Champion, and Marriaga has the punching prowess. However Lomachenko also carries power, as well as world class hand and footspeed to match. This looks set to be an excellent match-up featuring one of the best boxers on the planet.