All of the nagging questions we had about Gary Russell Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko have been answered now that their fight has concluded. The result we received may not have been what everyone expected. From the opening bell it was evident that Russell had the faster hands and feet as he circled Lomachenko snapping out his lighting bolt of a jab followed four to five punch combinations.
Slowly, but methodically, Lomachenko started putting punches into the bank. He did this by fainting and once he got inside he landed some thunderous shots to the body, most noticeably big right hooks. Trying not to be outdone, Russell would fire off multiple flurries of punches but they had no pop to them. Around mid fight you could visibly see Russell had slowed down. All of Lomachenko’s body work had paid off. To my surprise, mid fight is also when Russell starting being the hunter and stalking Lomanchenko. He used his movement around the ring to further tire out Russell and then really hurt Russell late in the fight with a huge uppercut. He was shaken but Russell never went down. Without a doubt, Russell has a solid chin.
While I personally had it scored 117-111 for Lomanchenko, one judge had it a draw and the two others scored it 116-112 awarding Vasyl Lomachenko with the WBO featherweight title. I have to give it up to Gary Russell though, he fought with the heart of a champion and I look forward to seeing him later down the road. Offering no excuses for his loss Russell told Jim Gray after the fight, “He had real good lateral movement, we tried to close the distance with the jab but he was moving well. I tip my hat to him.”
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