October 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Las Vegas, NV- Everybody knew that two-time Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko could fight. After a 395-1 record, multiple world titles, “playing pro” in the World Series of Boxing, those 5 x 3 minute rounds sans boxing helmets (headgear), all that and some didn’t believe it when he turned professional Saturday night in a scheduled 10 rounder against WBO International champ Jose Ramirez who came in at 25-3 with 15 early wins.
GOOD TECHNICAL FIGHTER, DECENT POWER & IMAGINATION
If the opening round is an indication of what is to come, Vasyl landed a beautiful right hand to the left side of Ramirez’s body from the southpaw stance and dropped the Mexican. Up in time to continue, Jose survived that opening round and was “owned” until another body shot ended matters at 2:59 of round four. Right hooks, straight lefts, left leads, combinations, smooth footwork, it was like watching a boxing scientist toy with a novice.
WORLD TITLE SHOT NEXT……YES & SALIDO WILL BE TOAST!
Although Martinez was 25-3, his claim to fame is a Split Decision 12 over favored Rey Bautista in the Philippines. If you take the Bautista fight out of the mix, Martinez faced a lot of guys whom you will never, ever, hear of! Let’s leave it at that, but to want to fight WBO 126 lb. champ Orlando Salido next, I say Vasyl devours Salido with ease like he did Martinez.
RIGONDEAUX IS A FIGHT THEY’RE TALKING TOO!
Obviously, Vasyl Lomachenko is the real thing, the real deal, and the man people at 122 and 126 need to fear. That being said, WBA champ (122) Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs), conqueror of Nonito Donaire (30-2, 20 KOs), this is the 2014 fight between two former two-time Olympic Gold Medal winners. Look, Olympic champ (1956) Pete Radamacher fought Floyd Patterson for the World heavyweight champion, this when Cus D’Amato was keeping Floyd away from anybody who could spell t-h-r-e-a-t, in his debut.
BATTLE OF OLYMPIC CHAMPS SHOULD MAKE ARUM SMILE
Vasyl vs. Rigondeaux, that’s going to be special. Speaking of Donaire, “The Filipino Flash” finally gets Vic Darchinyan back in ring after KO of the Aussie on 7-7-07. Took over six years for a rematch? Was Vic that scared? As for the Arum note, promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank continue to improve their stable and have both guy. As for HBO not wanting to air the Rigo-Vasyl Lomachenko bout because the Cuban is involved. It will be interesting how HBO will change their tune regarding the Cuban.
SALDIO JUST TOO “SEASONED & STRONG” FOR CRUZ
Although I must admit I was pulling for Orlando Cruz, the Gay Puerto Rican, Orlando Salido was too experienced, too strong, and once he slowed Cruz down early just by throwing punches. As the fight progressed, it was clear that Cruz wasn’t winning “enough of any” of the rounds, maybe outside of the opener. Mexico’s rugged Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs) was all over Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) until a right hand flattened Cruz for the count at the 1:05 mark (KO 7).