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On Saturday, November 26, 2016, WBO Super Featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs) scored a seventh-round TKO victory against Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) to defend his title at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight was televised on HBO in the U.S.
Lomachenko, who is seen as the most skilled fighter in the world by many boxing writers, completely outclassed and embarrassed Walters, forcing the former WBA Featherweight champion to quit on his stool after Round 7.
In the opening rounds, both men engaged in the proverbial “feel out” process, but by the end of the first round, Lomachenko had already begun to find his rhythm, pawing and tapping with his punches and using his front foot to step around Walters’ stance.
In Rounds 2 and 3, Lomachenko began to find his left hand, which was especially available after stepping around Walters’ left side. Lomachenko kept Walters busy with constant activity, using punches to set up shots while others were much harder.
Walters tried to land shots of his own, but Lomachenko either blocked, parried, ducked, slipped–any defensive move, you name it–any shot that Walters threw. The 28-year-old Ukrainian fighter was so comfortable, he could easily defend anything Walters threw.
By Rounds 5 and 6, Walters, a 30-year-old native of Jamaica, began to find an opening with his left hook to the body, but Lomachenko also began landing more combinations as well. In Round 7, Lomachenko landed a hard combination that forced Walters to clinch in order to recover. Later, Walter said that it was an attempt to survive.
In the corner after the Round ended, Walters told referee Tony Weeks that he no longer wanted to continue, which awarded Lomachenko a TKO victory in Round 7. It was a literal “No Mas” moment in which Walters no longer wanted to continue taking damage. Walters’ trainer literally told Weeks “no màs,” meaning “no more” in Spanish and was said by Roberto Duran during his second fight against Ray Leonard.
Lomachenko re-solified his status as one of the best in and around the Super Featherweight division and is slowly proving himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
In his post-fight interview, he mentioned Francisco Vargas as a possible opponent.
After tonight’s performance what do you think is next for Lomachenko? Where do you rank him in your pound-for-pound list? Let us know in the comments section, and check out the post-fight interviews below.
Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.