Lomachenko dazzles on debut to set up prospect of early world title shot
By Martin Domin - dailymail.co.uk
Vasyl Lomachenko more than justified the unprecedented hype by stopping tough Mexican Jose Ramirez in the fourth round of his eagerly-anticipated professional debut on Saturday night.
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Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin is believed to hold the record for winning a world title in the fewest number of bouts at three when he won the light-welterweight belt in 1975.
Technique: The Ukrainian goes on the defensive as Jose Ramirez fires in a right hand
But he was on the canvas in the first round as Lomachenko, whose purse for his debut was around £63,000, scored a knockdown with a left-right combination.
Quick start: Lomachenko knocked down Ramirez in the first roundHe stepped up the pace in the fourth stanza, finishing the job with one second remaining as a sickening left hook to the body left Ramirez writhing on the canvas and unable to continue.
Lomachenko picked up the WBO International strap for his efforts, earning him the ranking to enable him to fight for the world title against three-time champion Orlando Salido in New York in January.
Left on the floor: Ramirez was no match for the Ukrainian
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