Vasyl Lomachenko stops Romulo Koasicha to remain WBO featherweight world champion
Last Updated: 11/11/15 2:11pm
Vasyl Lomachenko outclassed Romulo Koasicha in Las Vegas and immediately called for bigger and better nights.
The Ukrainian superstar controlled the fight from the start ahead of Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios' showdown at the Thomas and Mack Center, parading his undoubted talent in regular and fluent bursts before finishing it off in the 10th round.
A succession of unanswered punches saw Koasicha in trouble before a left to the stomach, followed by a brutal one to the ribs, left him on his knees and unable to beat the count.
I want to be known to fans and appreciated as a 'boxer-painter' in regards to speed, footwork, punching power - an art form inside the ring
Lomachenko (5-1-KO3) kept the WBO featherweight title that he picked up on his third professional fight in 2014 but the double Olympic champion is already looking to show his skills on bigger stages.
"I want to bring something new to boxing," Lomachenko said.
"I want to be known to fans and appreciated as a 'boxer-painter' in regards to speed, footwork, punching power - an art form inside the ring.
"I have looked at videos of many great champions like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Frazier who each had special qualities.
"I never say one particular fighter is the best ever because each has a special unique style of fighting."
Promoter Bob Arum hinted at a showdown with Guillermo Rigondeaux, who has been stripped of both his super-bantamweight world titles, while there is still talk of Lomachenko giving Gary Russell Jr a rematch, having beaten the American in June 2014 to become a record-breaking world champion.