Former Olympic Gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, 6-1 (4), of the UKR now out of Oxnard, CA, scored a fifth round knockout at 1:09. Referee Danny Schiavone counted out the former champion Roman Martinez, 29-3-3 (17), of Vega Baja, PR, as Lomachenko took the WBO Super featherweight title after winning the WBO featherweight title previously.
Lomachenko’s winning of a second world title pleased his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank who called him the greatest boxer today.
The show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night also had Olympian Felix Verdejo, 22-0 (15), of San Juan, PR retaining his WBO Latino lightweight title with a TKO at 2:40 of the fifth round stopped by referee Mike Ortega. Juan Jose Martinez, 25-3 (17), of Mexico City, MEX, was not able to defend himself.
At Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, CA, Demitrius Andrade, 23-0 (16), of Providence, RI, scored 3 knockdowns in stopping Willie Nelson, 25-3-1 (15), of Cleveland, OH, in the 12th and final round when referee Dick Pakozdi stopped the elimination bout in the super welterweight division. He will meet Jermell Charlo for his WBC world title.
John Molina, Jr., 29-6 (23), of Covina, CA, won a decisive decision over the former WBO Super lightweight champion Russian Ruslan Provodnikov, 25-5- (18), out of L.A., CA, over 12 rounds. Judges scores were 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111. Referee was Mark Nelson.
Provodnikov admitted afterwards that he knew he lost to Molina. He expected more boxing than slugging it out which seemed to favor the winner Molina.