In a gritty and virtuoso performance, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko retained his title on Saturday night in Macau, China. The 26-year-old Ukrainian out-classed Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2) en route to a unanimous-decision victory.
ESPN's Dan Rafael has the official judges' scorecards.
Lomachenko showed why many are beginning to regard him as one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. Lomachenko turned back a game opponent easily despite seemingly injuring his left hand just over midway through the fight.
Several onlookers took to Twitter to show their admiration of Lomachenko's skill.
His superior hand speed and footwork were evident early. The man known as High Tech bounced punches off of Piriyapinyo's anatomy with the consistency of Big Ben, and the variety of a box of assorted chocolates.
Similar to that box of goodies, the result was sweet.
By the fourth round, this bout looked like a glorified sparring session. The description of the bout is meant as no disrespect to Piriyapinyo, he'd be a competitive foe against many featherweights.
The more we see Lomachenko, the clearer it becomes that the Ukrainian is no ordinary featherweight.
In the middle rounds, Lomachenko's bodywork was creating all types of opportunities. He landed a crunching uppercut that set up a follow up power shot. The combination put his opponent down for the first time in his career.
Piriyapinyo got up, but he had lost considerable steam.
The Thai fighter got a little bit of a break when Lomachenko seemed to hurt his left hand in the seventh round. Lomachenko actually stopped throwing any punches with the injured hand until the 10th round.
Top Rank Boxing confirmed, per his corner, that the champion had indeed broken his hand. Nonetheless, the reprieve was short as Lomachenko made the adjustment on the advice from his corner.
He deserved to be awarded the complete shutout.
Looking ahead, Lomachenko may have a date with WBC featherweight champion Nicholas Walters. The latter destroyed Nonito Donaire in October.
Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum wants the two men to meet in 2015, per Rafael.
That would be a potentially explosive bout. However, based on the way Lomachenko looked on Saturday night, it would be hard to bet against him.
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