Romero came back to fight after the break, but now looked much more careful. Usyk’s work still reminded him Olympian, as he was trying to send as many as possible light punches to please the judges. In the mean time Romero’s right eye came to the stage of being virtually closed.
In round five Romero changed his stance to the southpaw, which somewhat caught Usyk off guard and he even missed right hook from Romero. This changing of stances was a sly tactic, but it was too late!! Natural southpaw, Romero showed more confidence, but could see very little with his right eye. In fact, the ending of the fight was pretty much the result of this change: In a soft move, like a cat, Usyk landed excellent left hook, which sent Romero to the canvas for count! Romero’s corner had thrown in the towel, but for some reason the judge Victor Fesechko continued the count. Member of the Mexican corner jumped into the ring to prevent further punishment incase Fesechko resumes the fight!!
The boxing card in Kiev sports palace brought together a number of stars of Ukrainian boxing.
Vitaly Klitschko, who is now busy in political battles in Ukrainian parliament, enjoyed the boxing evening with his two sons.
Vladimir Sidorenko, former bantamweight world champion and the only Ukrainian, who fought Nonito Donaire, now works as Vitaly Klitscho’s aid in the Parliament, came to the boxing card along with his twin brother Valery.
In the meantime, with famous Ukrainian coach Anatoly Lomachenko working in Usyk’s corner, Secondsout had a chance to ask several questions to his famous son, 2 times Olympic champion Vassyl Lomachenko:
SO: Vassyl, congratulations with your brilliant pro debut in Las Vegas in October, how do you feel in pro ranks?
VL: I enjoy it. So many things are actually so more natural and functional in professional boxing…
SO: How is your preparation for the fight with Orlando Salido?
VL: As the matter of fact, I did not start one as yet, just regular exercise. I have championship fight commitment in my contract, but it still needs to be formalized and the date and place for the fight ought to be set.
SO: This night is going to be the night in the long standing rivalry between Nonito Donair and Vic Darchinian, what is your forecast?
VL: Donair KOs Darchinian.
(Editor’s note) Lomachenko’s prediction was forecast before the fight took place.
November 10, 2013