‘Loma’ destroys Marriaga in California
Ukranian star Vasyl Lomachenko has strenghtened his argument for being considered the pound-for-pound king after a fantastic win over challenger Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night. ‘Loma’ was the clear favourite going into the fight, and what followed made it apparent as to why.
Dropping the Colombian twice, ‘Hi-Tech’ toyed with his opponent, inviting him into the neutral corner with his hands dropped to trade-off. Marriaga accepted his offer, but couldn’t make a dent in the Ukrainian’s armour as he put on a real show inside the Microsoft Theatre in LA.
Marriaga’s team delcared “no mas” in the seventh, with Lomachenko moving onto a potential dust-up with Mikey Garcia at lightweight.
Klitschko, Marquez and Bradley retire
Three legends have retired over the past four days, and with 169 fights and 153 wins between them they will be sorely missed in the sport. At the age of 33, Bradley came as the biggest shock amongst the three, but without fighting since his UD loss to Pacquiao last year, “Desert Storm” has decided to call time on his career.
Marquez and Bradley fought to a Bradley split decision in 2013 for the WBO welterweight title, with scores of 116-112, 115-113, 113-115.
Pulev then Ortiz for Anthony Joshua
In an interview with iFLTV, Anthony Joshua’s Matchroom promotor, Eddie Hearn, has laid out the path for the IBF and WBA (Super) heavyweight champion. With Klitschko announcing his retirement on Thursday, Kubrat Pulev and Luis Ortiz are now the focus in the next six months, with both holding mandatory positions with Joshua’s two world titles.
Pulev looks to be scheduled in for October 28 in Cardiff, with Ortiz likely to follow in February next year. With these two out of the way, Hearn has signalled their intent to target Deontay Wilder in a huge unification fight next summer, providing they both still hold their gold.
Singh-ing for peace in WBO Asia Pacific bout
Vijender Singh won his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight against Zulpikar Maimaitiali on Saturday night, before offering to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations currently locked in a territorial dispute in the Himalayas.
After the unanimous decision in Mumbai, Singh returned to the ring, taking the microphone and stating: “I don’t want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar. I don’t want tension on the border. It’s a message of peace. That’s important.”
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