Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO World Super-Featherweight Title after stopping Nicholas Walters at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
The two-weight World Champion forced Walters to retire on his stool after the seventh round, concluding an impressive performance by the talented Ukrainian.
It was a cautious opening to the fight as Walters in particular maintained a high guard in a compact defensive stance but the the busier man was the southpaw Lomachenko.
Walters found some success with a right hook in the third but his opponent’s quick body shots and combinations gradually began to take their toll.
Midway through the fight Lomachenko increased his workrate and punch output to leave Walters dazed and unsure how to respond.
In the sixth and seventh, Lomachenko continued to back the Jamaican up and connected with cracking combinations as well as a strong right uppercut.
He ramped up the pressure and could not miss Walters, who retired at the end of the round much to the dismay of the fans in the venue.
Pound for pound superstar Vasyl Lomachenko makes the first defence of his WBO World Super-Featherweight Title against the unbeaten Nicholas Walters in Las Vegas live on BoxNation, Saturday 26th November.
BoxNation viewers will recall one of the knockouts of 2016 so far when Lomachenko iced Roman Martinez back in June to become a two-weight World Champion after just seven fights.
Widely regarded as one of the finest boxers on the planet, the Ukrainian will be out to establish himself as one of the game’s biggest stars at the impressive Cosmopolitan on the famous Vegas strip.
The sensational southpaw is in no mood for a tick over fight and goes straight up against the big punching ‘Axeman’ Walters in his first defence.
Moving up from Featherweight where he lost his WBA Title on the scales before his last fight, a recent draw with Jason Sosa, Walters will be eager to claim another World Title.
The Jamaican banger is no stranger to the big stage having beat Nonito Donaire with a sixth round stoppage back in October 2014.
Lomachenko has made it clear his intentions are to fight the best available contenders or Champions in order to secure his boxing legacy.
This huge showdown was originally in the pipeline for back in June but fans will be thrilled two of boxing’s most entertaining fighters finally come together.
It has all the makings of one of the fights of the year and you can see the bout live and exclusive in the UK on the Channel of Champions.