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Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) outclassed Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KOs) for 12 rounds en route to a unanimous decision win to successfully defend his WBO Featherweight title at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China.
The fight was the second televised bout of a pay-per-view event presented by Top Rank Promotions and HBO Boxing.
Lomachenko, 26, of Ukraine, was the faster, stronger, and more agile of the two as he landed shots to the body and head before stepping to his left to land even more.
Lomachenko gave him speed, angles, and power, as evinced by the uppercut he landed in the fourth round that dropped Piriyapinyo for the first time in his career.
Piriyapinyo, 29, of Thailand, was at no point in the fight as he struggled to deal with Lomachenko’s speed, footwork and, when at close range, his head movement.
By the seventh round, however, Lomachenko seemed to have hurt or broken his left hand and relied on his right hand in the later rounds to continue putting a veritable boxing clinic on Piriyapinyo.
Lomachenko peppered Piriyapinyo with several shots before using the ring to avoid counterpunches. His shots were thrown as if he were playing with Piriyapinyo.
All judges scored the bout 120-107 and the hope for a future unification bout against the likes of Nicolas Walters, Johnny Gonzales, or even Evgeny Gradovich is in the air for boxing fans.