Ukrainian great gets knockout win as he makes dominant return against Japanese giant Masayoshi Nakatani
Vasyl Lomachenko got back to winning ways as he stopped Masayoshi Nakatani on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Fighting for the first time since his defeat to Teofimo Lopez last October, Loma took on a tough challenge in the Japanese giant, but dominated from start to finish.
The bout began with a far faster start from Loma than the one he made against Teofimo Lopez.
However, he also faced early adversity as he suffered a cut from a head clash which left blood running into his eye.
Thanks to good work from the cutman in his corner though, this did not prove to be a big issue as he built a lead in the first half of the fight.
Lomachenko was simply too accurate for Nakatani, regardless of the 6ft fighter’s giant significant advantage.
In round five, Loma floored him for the first time in the contest.
Despite Nakatani’s regular holding, a blistering combination from the smaller man on the inside saw him fall to the canvas.
He made it to his feet and survived the round, but suffered further punishment in the sixth and seventh sessions.
The end came in round nine as Lomachenko hurt Nakatani with another accurate barrage and the referee stopped the contest.
Loma said post-fight: “I’m happy because I won.
“I reached all my goals. I won and now I’m back on track.
“Everybody saw how I won, let’s make the rematch [with Teofimo Lopez].”