Teofimo Lopez dominated early and completed sturdy Saturday evening to win a unanimous 12-round choice over Vasiliy Lomachenko to unify the light-weight titles.
Lopez took benefit of a gradual begin by Lomachenko to construct up an early lead, then completed the combat with a giant 12th spherical that left Lomachenko bloodied and overwhelmed 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 very best 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 Associated Press had Lopez successful 117-111.
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Lopez proved quicker and stronger than the 32-year-old Lomachenko, who received two Olympic gold medals as an newbie and was considered one of many high 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 had to dig deep, man,”‘ Lopez stated. “I’m a fighter, I’ve got to dig in deep.”
Lomachenko, ordinarily a gradual starter, was too gradual this time as he gave away rounds early as he tried to determine the model of Lopez. By the time the combat obtained aggressive within the eighth spherical he was too far behind to return again.
“He’s been in a 14-month layoff,”‘ Lopez stated. “I knew it was going to take him a long time to catch up.”
Lomachenko, who misplaced solely as soon as in almost 400 newbie fights and had just one loss as a professional, thought he did higher than the scorecards indicated.
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“Definitely I am not agreeing with the scorecards,”‘ he stated.
The combat was the most important for the reason that pandemic started and would have been a pay-per-view occasion in regular occasions. But with no followers it was televised on ESPN, offering boxing with an even bigger showcase than it might 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 threat something. But he got here out sturdy and beat Lomachenko to the punch.
“I didn’t know if 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 combat. He had sought the combat towards Lomachenko, angering the Ukrainian along with his brash techniques.