As expected, Vasyl Lomachenko was just way too much for Miguel Marriaga as he beat him en route to a 7th round TKO tonight on ESPN. I suffered a little setback halfway through the first round where I temporarily lost power, but I was back up for the start of the third round and Lomachenko was right back where I had left off — pummeling Marriaga all around the ring.
Lomachenko actually came out the gates in a measured pace, but by the fourth round he was just on all an all out blitz on Marriaga who couldn't cope with Lomachenko's varied assault from angles he couldn't keep up with.
Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) knocked Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) down in the fourth and was having so much fun by that point that he was often making faces at Marriaga, patting him on the head, and waving him on incredulously. It didn't say much for sportsmanship, but he was intent on putting on a show and that's exactly what he did.
By the end of the seventh round Lomachenko had put Marriaga on the deck again, and the fight had become such one-way, high-speed traffic that Marriaga's corner decided that they had seen enough, calling it quits in between rounds.
Lomachenko did take some damage in this fight, though, even if it wasn't all by legal punches. By the end he was sporting a mouse under his right eye and a cut over his left, which was caused by a head clash. In the post-fight interview Lomachenko says he doesn't care who he fights next, he's up for anyone.