Teofimo Lopez dominated early and completed robust Saturday evening to win a unanimous 12-round resolution over Vasiliy Lomachenko to unify the light-weight titles.
Lopez took benefit of a sluggish begin by Lomachenko to construct up an early lead, then completed the battle with an enormous 12th spherical that left Lomachenko bloodied and crushed on the scorecards. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn grew to become the unified light-weight champion and managed to do what few in boxing thought he might do — outbox maybe the perfect technician in boxing.
Lopez (16-0) added the three titles held by Lomachenko (15-2) to the belt he received final yr to turn out to be the undisputed 135-champion.
Lopez was favoured 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 on ringside scorecards in a bout held with out followers on the MGM Grand convention centre. The Related Press had Lopez successful 117-111.
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Lopez proved sooner and stronger than the 32-year-old Lomachenko, who received two Olympic gold medals as an beginner and was considered one of many prime pound-for-pound fighters as a professional. Surprisingly sufficient, he was additionally the higher boxer and proved he might shut the present by bloodying Lomachenko’s eye within the 12th spherical.
“I needed to dig deep, man,”‘ Lopez stated. “I am a fighter, I’ve bought to dig in deep.”
Lomachenko, ordinarily a sluggish starter, was too sluggish this time as he gave away rounds early as he tried to determine the fashion of Lopez. By the point the battle bought aggressive within the eighth spherical he was too far behind to return again.
“He is been in a 14-month layoff,”‘ Lopez stated. “I knew it was going to take him a very long time to catch up.”
Lomachenko, who misplaced solely as soon as in practically 400 beginner fights and had just one loss as a professional, thought he did higher than the scorecards indicated.
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“Undoubtedly I’m not agreeing with the scorecards,”‘ he stated.
The battle was the most important for the reason that pandemic started and would have been a pay-per-view occasion in regular instances. However with no followers it was televised on ESPN, offering boxing with an even bigger showcase than it could have gotten in any other case.
Lopez was instructed by his father within the nook earlier than the 12th spherical that he was forward and to not danger something. However he got here out robust and beat Lomachenko to the punch.
“I did not know if that they had him up on the scorecards or not,” Lopez stated.
Lopez grew to become the youngest fighter to turn out to be a four-belt champion in solely his second title battle. He had sought the battle in opposition to Lomachenko, angering the Ukrainian together with his brash techniques.