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Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga: Preview, Prediction and Poll

Saturday night on ESPN and Boxnation, we get to witness who many are labelling the best technical boxer in the world - Vasyl 'Hi-Tech' Lomachenko.

CALIFORNIA – Top Rank and ESPN present us with the next instalment of the Vasyl Lomachenko story. At 8-1; 6 KO’s, the Ukrainian takes on Miguel Marriaga 25-2; 21 KO’s, for ‘Hi-Tech’s WBO Super Featherweight (130 pound) title.

With dangerous names already on Lomachenko’s C.V, fans have arguably clamoured for more intriguing matchups, with opponents such as Guillermo Rigondeaux, Jezreel Corrales, or Mikey Garcia on the horizon. However, the safe and measured world of pugilism reared its ugly head, and the name on the other side of the poster ended up being Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs).

With Lomachenko still adamant  he avenges his loss to Orlando Salido, Top Rank are claiming that the Mexican wants too much money for the rematch, leaving Lomachenko and his team with limited options moving forward.

With Marriaga failing in his last two attempts at claiming a featherweight world title, not many experts are giving the challenger a sniff in California on Saturday night, however ‘Loma’ is too experienced in the sport of boxing to take this challenge lightly.


Tale of the Tape

Lomachenko: (8-1) | 29 years old | 5’6” | 65″ reach | southpaw stance | 130 pounds

Last three opponents: Beat Jason Sosa (RTD), Beat Nicholas Walters (RTD), Beat Roman Martinez (KO).

Marriaga: (25-2) | 30 years old | 5’8″ | 67″ reach | orthodox stance | 129.8 pounds

Last three opponents: Lost to Oscar Valdez (UD), Beat Eduardo Montoya (KO), Beat Guy Robb (TKO).



With superior ring craft, hand speed, movement and power, Lomachenko shouldn’t have too many problems adding another ‘W’ to his growing C.V. Marriaga is the epitome of the fighter who will come to survive, whilst trying to nick a few rounds while Lomachenko takes his foot off the gas.

The Colombian has plenty of heart, but with the Ukrainian in full swing we can expect similar results to that of his past outings including his devastating KO of Rocky Martinez, and making Nicholas Walters quit in “no mas” style.

Lomachenko doesn’t waste a punch, and with unique precision and a destructive use of angles, don’t be surprised if this fight becomes uncomfortable viewing in the mid to late rounds. Expect Loma to get the knockout in California, as we revel in the beauty of watching one of the sports finest punchers.

  1. Who takes home the WBO strap?

    1. Vasyl Lomachenko
    2. Miguel Marriaga
    3. Too close to call
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Lewis Watson

London based boxing Editor, fanatic and all-round lover of the 'Sweet Science'. Growing up in the 90's, Tyson, De La Hoya and Savon grabbed Lewis' attention at an early age, with Hatton-Tzsyu confirming the obsession in 2005.

As a student of the sport, you'll find him flicking through the archives of past "Sugar" Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali fights, as well as wide-eyed on a Sunday for the 5am Vegas bouts.

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Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga: Preview, Prediction and Poll

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