Vasiliy Lomachenko dominates Masayoshi Nakatani in nine

By Mark Elezaj

Loma Reloaded…

LAS VEGAS — Vasiliy Lomachenko ((15-2, 11 KOs) returned to the ring on Saturday and delivered a beautiful performance in a ninth-round TKO of Masayoshi Nakatani (19-2, 13 KOs) inside The Theater at Virgin Hotel.

In his first fight since losing the WBO, IBF and WBA belts to Teofimo Lopez back in October, Lomachenko reasserted himself into the discussion of being one of the best 135-pounders in the sport today.

Lomachenko suffered a cut in the first round following an accidental head-butt which continued to bleed throughout the fight, but it did not cause any issues slow Lomachenko down.

Lomachenko would continue to batter Nakatani in the following rounds.

Nakatani, who was able to survive a knockdown in the fifth round, was showing signs of being a beaten fighter and was essentially out on his feet as he looked to tie Lomachenko up to stop the former champion, who was able to create space and land at will.

In the ninth round, Lomachenko put on the pressure and attacked Nakatani’s badly swollen right eye with left hands, causing Nakatani to fall down.

Referee Celestine Ruiz waived off the fight at 1 minute and 48 seconds of the ninth round.

“I’m happy because I won,” Lomachenko said. “All the strategies that we developed with my team [worked]. I reached all my goals. I won, and now I’m back on track.”

“Everybody saw how I won this fight, and everybody is waiting for the rematch [with Lopez], so let’s make a rematch,” he said. “He has a fight in the future with Kambosos, but how about after, in the beginning of next year? December, January, February, I am waiting.

“I’m happy about this if they are ready to give me a rematch after all I’ve done, after this fight. I am happy about this opportunity.”

Teofimo Lopez’s father, Teofimo Lopez Sr, was in attendance and said that they’re now willing to give Lomachenko a rematch, but on the condition that the fight must happen immediately after Lopez’s upcoming mandatory title defense against George Kambosos Jr, which was recently postponed.

“He has a fight in the future with Kambosos, but after [we will fight],” Lomachenko said. “Maybe next year, beginning of the year. December, January, February. I am waiting.”

“After this performance, I think the public wants to see this fight,” Lopez Sr. said. “And I could convince my son to fight him again.”

Lomachenko made a statement by stopping Nakatani, something that Lopez was unable to do when he fought him and won via decision back on July 2019.

“In case there was any doubt, Lomachenko proved he is still one of the very best fighters in the world,” Bob Arum, Lomachenko’s promoter at Top Rank, said after Saturday’s fight. “He is healthy and ready to fight any of the lightweights.”

~ The Fighting Voice ~

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