Created: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:15:10 EST
Updated: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:15:10 EST
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Vasyl Lomachenko beat Gary Russell Jr. in a masterful majority decision Saturday night, and the two-time Olympic gold medalist won the WBO featherweight title in just his third pro fight.
Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) battered the previously unbeaten Russell around the outdoor ring, showing off his skill and power while diving the wide majority of Russell's punches. The Ukrainian star hurt Russell repeatedly in the late rounds, reaching the final bell while pounding on Russell in his corner.
Judges Max DeLuca and Pat Russell scored the fight 116-112 for Lomachenko, but Lisa Giampa saw a 114-114 draw. The Associated Press scored it 118-110 for Lomachenko.
Lomachenko lost his first title shot in March to veteran Orlando Salido, but claimed the belt on his second try in his extraordinarily career plan.