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HBO boxing results: Vasyl Lomachenko viciously knocks out Roman Martinez

Vasyl Lomachenko won the WBO super featherweight title with a dominant win over Roman Martinez.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Vasyl Lomachenko's skills are well-known, but tonight we got to see some shocking power, too, as the Ukrainian star knocked out Roman "Rocky" Martinez with a monstrous right hook in the fifth round of their HBO Boxing After Dark main event, becoming a two-division world champion in his seventh pro fight.

Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO) outboxed and outclassed Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KO) for four rounds, landing crisp left hands and right hooks, mixing up his attack, using his footwork to keep the exact range he wanted at all times, befuddling the Puerto Rican constantly. Martinez had an awful time landing anything clean, though he did get in a couple of decent shots in the fourth round.

If there was any remaining doubt about Lomachenko's true talent level, though, tonight had to put them to bed. Not only did he look brilliant in smoothly outboxing Martinez, which most everyone expected that he would or at least could, but he turned his lights out with a beautiful shot, too, adding another KO of the Year contender to a pretty impressive list so far for 2016.

To me, this was clearly Lomachenko's best pro performance all around, but what did you think of Lomachenko tonight?

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