Lomachenko knocks out Martinez to win WBO super featherweight belt

12/06/2016 07:39

Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) defeated defending champion Roman 'Rocky' Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KOs) by a fifth round KO to win the WBO super featherweight title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden’s Theater in New York.

Lomachenko dominated and out-classed Martinez from the start.

The Ukrainian southpaw rocked Martinez in the second with a hard left and continued to land several lefts and rights in the following rounds.

The finishing blows came in the fifth when a brutal left uppercut - right hook combination left the Puerto Rican motionless on the canvas for several moments.

"I came to do my job, I did my job very well tonight," said Lomachenko.

"I dedicate my victory tonight to the greatest man who ever laced up the gloves - Muhammad Ali." 

Lomachenko, who previously won the WBO featherweight title, made history by becoming a two-weight world champion in just his seventh pro fight.