Lomachenko, Santa Cruz, Earn Victories on Mayweather-Pacquiao Undercard

Photos by Will Hart

Kieran Mulvaney

In the first televised undercard bout on the Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view, featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko demonstrated again why he is considered one of the most exciting champions in the sport, running his professional record to a deceptively modest 4-1 by dropping challenger Gamalier Rodriguez twice en route to knocking him out in the ninth round. After a quiet opening couple of frames, Lomachencko found his groove in the third, and from then on it was all one-way traffic as the Ukrainian displayed his celebrated combination of sublime footwork and fast punches to completely befuddle his overmatched opponent – who, to add to his troubles, was deducted two points for low blows. The end came after a flurry of punches dropped Rodriguez to one knee, where he remained until referee Robert Byrd counted to ten.

In the co-main event, featherweight Leo Santa Cruz remained undefeated with a dominant ten-round decision over Jose Cayetano. Santa Cruz was never truly challenged, winning all ten rounds on the scorecards of each of the three judges.