LAS VEGAS: Teofimo Lopez dominated early and completed robust Saturday evening to win a unanimous 12-round choice over Vasiiliy 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 struggle 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 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 develop into the undisputed 135-champion.
Lopez was favored 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 on ringside scorecards in a bout held with out followers on the MGM Grand convention middle. The Related Press had Lopez profitable 117-111.
Lopez proved quicker and stronger than the 32-year-old Lomachenko, who received two Olympic gold medals as an novice and was thought to be 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 Lomachenkos eye within the 12th spherical.
I needed to dig deep, man,’ Lopez stated. I’m 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 type of Lopez. By the point the struggle bought 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 very long time to catch up.
Lomachenko, who misplaced solely as soon as in practically 400 novice fights and had just one loss as a professional, thought he did higher than the scorecards indicated.
Positively I’m not agreeing with the scorecards,’ he stated.
The struggle 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 will have gotten in any other case.
Lopez was advised 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 didn’t know if they’d him up on the scorecards or not, Lopez stated.
Lopez grew to become the youngest fighter to develop into a four-belt champion in solely his second title struggle. He had sought the struggle in opposition to Lomachenko, angering the Ukrainian together with his brash techniques.