Vasyl Lomachenko shut out a very tough Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo over 12 rounds tonight to retain his WBO featherweight title, and even more amazing, he did it despite fighting the second half of the bout with a potentially broken left hand, leaving him with just his right (his jab hand) for the most part.
Lomachenko won on scores of 120-107 across the board, the same score that BLH had. Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) scored a fourth round knockdown in the fight, but was never able to put away Chonlatarn (52-2, 33 KO), who was grossly overmatched and outclassed, but game as they come.
Over the course of the fight, Lomachenko landed 368 of 1,006 punches thrown, good for a 37% connect rate on an average of 84 punches thrown per round. Chonlatarn landed just 86 of 471 punches (18%), and was constantly befuddled and left looking loopy in the wake of Lomachenko's amazing footwork and combination punching. When Lomachenko had two good hands in this fight, he was in and out, moving forward and making Chonlatarn miss, then striking like a cobra.
We'll have to find out what the extent of Lomachenko's hand injury is, but despite the fact that Chonlatarn is no world class fighter, this was another truly impressive performance from an amazing young talent.