Vasiliy Lomachenko TKO-9 Masayoshi Nakatani (1:48)
Vasiliy Lomachenko is again in classic kind, fully thrashing Masayoshi Nakatani over 9 rounds of motion earlier than he finally pressured the stoppage. Lomachenko mentioned within the pre-fight interview that his shoulder was injured in opposition to Teofimo Lopez and deliberate to reveal what he might do with two good arms, and did precisely that tonight — dominating a fighter that Lopez struggled in opposition to.
Lomachenko (15-2, 11 KOs) didn’t waste any time ‘downloading information’ tonight, as a substitute coming proper after the a lot taller and longer Nakatani (19-2, 13 KO), probing together with his immaculate footwork and getting angles on Nakatani, strafing him with left fingers to move over and over. It was fairly stunning to see the a lot smaller fighter get into punching vary and land at will, however that’s precisely what occurred tonight.
Within the first spherical there was a clumsy conflict of heads that cut up Loma’s brow, however that solely bolstered his focus as he took it to Nakatani from there on, dropping Naktani within the fifth spherical. Lomachenko would batter Nakatani within the following rounds however within the ninth spherical issues grew to become brutal, with Lomachenko repeatedly pasting Nakatani’s badly swollen proper eye with left fingers till Nakatani collapsed below the assault. The official stoppage got here at 1:48 of Spherical 9.
Apparently sufficient, Teofimo Lopez’s father, Teofimo Lopez Sr. was in attendance for tonight’s struggle, and mentioned that they’re now keen to present Lomachenko a rematch, solely on the situation that the struggle occurs instantly after Lopez’s upcoming necessary title protection in opposition to George Kambosos Jr, which was just lately postponed. We’ll must see if that goes wherever however this Lomachenko definitely made a compelling case for a rematch after what we simply witnessed.
Janibek Alimkhanuly TKO-8 Rob Brant (3:00)
Within the opening struggle of the principle card Janibek Alimkhanuly (10-0, 6 KOs) fully outclassed Rob Brant (26-3, 18 KO) with largely one hand alone, battering Brant to the top and physique with left hand after left hand, whether or not it’s an uppercut, straight, or a hook. Brant simply couldn’t get out of the best way of the left hand and it was touchdown with authority early, notably to the physique which arrange the top photographs in subsequent rounds.
Because the rounds wore on Brant was frequently taking harm, with coach Brian McIntyre closely debating how a lot punishment was sufficient earlier than he threw within the towel. Brant was pressured to take a knee within the sixth spherical, and McIntyre threatened to cease the struggle after the seventh, however after the eighth it was clear that Brant was simply getting badly crushed up and resorting solely to making an attempt to defend himself relatively than mounting any offensive assault. After a brief discuss within the nook on the finish of eight, Brant’s nook stopped the struggle. I had Alimkhanuly fully dominating Brant on the scorecards on the time of stoppage, 80-71.