Vasiliy “Loma” Lomachenko returned in a big way on Saturday as the former pound-for-pound king and three-weight world champion knocked out Masayoshi Nakatani in the ninth round of a lightweight main event at The Theater [Virgin Hotels] in Las Vegas.

Lomachenko [15-2, 11 KOs] faced a hint of adversity when a headbutt opened up a cut in the opening round, but that would be the extent of his troubles. It was one-way traffic throughout, as Nakatani [19-2, 13 KOs] showed an incredibly sturdy chin but little in the way of offense.

In the fifth round, Lomachenko floored Nakatani with a left-right combination and proceeded to lay a savage beating on his Japanese opponent. The end came in the ninth round when Celestino Ruiz called an end to the carnage.

The former three-weight division world champion noted in his post fight interview that he is actually back while calling for a rematch with Teofimo Lopez.

“I’m happy because I won. All the strategies that we developed with my team [worked]. I reached all my goals. I won and now I’m back on track.

“Everybody saw how I won this fight, and everybody is waiting for the rematch [with Lopez], so let’s make a rematch.

“He has a fight in the future with George Kambosos, but how about after, in the beginning of next year? December, January, February, I am waiting.”