THIS is what fight fans were waiting for! Vasiliy Lomachenko was handling business through 10 rounds against Jose Pedraza in Saturday night's lightweight bout like everyone thought he would, but we had yet to see the kind of precision punishment that made him arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. But then, the 11th round began. Watch as the Ukrainian menace brought the pain again and again, completely stunning Pedraza into near-paralysis:
AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN. The relentlessness was visceral. Mikey Garcia must have had a few thoughts in his head if he was watching tonight. And though Pedraza managed to go the distance despite falling twice in the 11th, this was one of those rounds that the sport of boxing needs every now and then.
Lomachenko was declared the obvious, prohibitive winner shortly after. Was there ever any doubt?
Seriously, watch that virtuoso performance one more time. Wow. Just wow.