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By Rene Bonsubre, Jr.


LOMACHENKO TAMES THE AXE MAN

PhilBoxing.com
Sun, 27 Nov 2016



There was a lot of chatter on social media among fans, writers and even boxing officials in the aftermath of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev scores one week ago. Whatever side of the voting you were on, or how you felt about the fight overall, somehow we all agreed boxing needed another super fight that was going to live up to our expectations.

Vasyl Lomachenko handled his end of the bargain very well with another virtuoso performance. Up against a guy who had a legitimate chance of knocking him out, the southpaw from Ukraine controlled Nicholas Walters with a seemingly endless stream of right jabs.

In the seventh round, Lomachenko?s punches were pouring like a monsoon rain.

The much feared Axe Man from Jamaica was bewildered but not bloodied. And yet, he decided enough was enough, dropped his weapons and refused to answer the bell going into the eighth canto. This was in sharp contrast to Nonito Donaire, who went down swinging when he was bleeding and battered against Walters two years ago.

It was also in 2014 when I had the privilege of being of chief ring doctor for Lomachenko?s world title defense in Macao. This was for his WBO featherweight crown against Thai Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (Suriya Tatakhun).

Lomachenko?s footwork was simply amazing. He moved like a ballet dancer, so light and graceful. What underscored his dominance was that he went the full route with one of his hands hurting; and it was barely noticeable.

After the fight, one of his cornermen walked up to me with a smile on his face, ?Not bad for a poor boy from the Ukraine.? He said.

?Not bad at all,? I mumbled. I was in awe could only smile back.

Lomachenko movement and speed put him in the middle of every discussion regarding who is the best boxer on the planet fight now. Against Walters, he successfully defended his second world title and remains the WBO super featherweight champion. Too bad the Jamaican was not in a superfight mood.

The future looks bright for the 28 year old Ukrainian. And yes, the name Manny Pacquiao has been mentioned as a future opponent.



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