Matrix Re-Loaded: Vasiliy Lomachenko Returns in Dominant Fashion
All eyes were on the returning Vasiliy Lomachenko Saturday night. This was his first fight since relinquishing his WBA/WBO/Ring Lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez eight months ago. Known for being a notoriously slow starter, Lomachenko wasted no time in asserting himself. He was aggressive and using his angles early on to impose his will. The first round provided some intrigue as he and Nakatani clashed heads causing a cut in the middle of his head. That was about the only adversity that Lomachenko would incur this night. He used his superior skill set and inside fighting ability to break Nakatani down throughout the fight. Round seven saw the fight nearly stopped, as the beating was becoming increasingly one-sided. Nakatani had a busted-up nose, mouth, and eye and the threat of a stoppage became very real. He was able to survive but the writing was on the wall. The end came in round nine when a series of Lomachenko left hands had Nakatani essentially out on his feet. The official time of the stoppage was 1:48 of the ninth round.
After the fight, Lomachenko made it clear that revenge was on his mind. He wants Teofimo Lopez back in the ring as soon as he can. That sounds great but it might be a little while. Lopez recently had to postpone his initial June 5 title defense against George Kambosos Jr. to August 14 after testing positive for Covid-19.