Teofimo Lopez was once brash sufficient to problem Vasiliy Lomachenko, and excellent sufficient to overcome him.
Lopez ruled early and completed robust Saturday night time to win a unanimous 12-round determination over Lomachenko to unify the light-weight titles in a struggle he demanded although some concept he wasn’t skilled sufficient.
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Lopez took benefit of a gradual get started by way of Lomachenko to increase an early lead, then completed the struggle with a large 12th around that left Lomachenko bloodied and overwhelmed at the scorecards. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn become the unified light-weight champion and controlled to do what few in boxing concept he may just do — outbox most likely the most efficient technician in boxing.
Lopez (16-Zero) added the 3 titles held by way of Lomachenko (15-2) to the belt he gained final 12 months to turn into the undisputed 135-champion.
Lopez was once appreciated 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 on ringside scorecards in a bout held with out enthusiasts on the MGM Grand convention heart. The Related Press had Lopez profitable 117-111.
Lopez proved quicker and more potent than the 32-year-old Lomachenko, who gained two Olympic gold medals as an novice and was once considered one of the most best pound-for-pound opponents as a professional. Strangely sufficient, he was once additionally the easier boxer and proved he may just shut the display by way of bloodying Lomachenko’s eye within the 12th around.
“I needed to dig deep, guy,”’ Lopez mentioned. “I am a fighter, I have were given to dig in deep.”
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Lomachenko, ordinarily a gradual starter, was once too gradual this time as he gave away rounds early as he attempted to determine the way of Lopez. By the point the struggle were given aggressive within the 8th around he was once too a ways in the back of to come back again.
“He is been in a 14-month layoff,”’ Lopez mentioned. “I knew it was once going to take him a very long time to catch up.”
Lomachenko, who misplaced most effective as soon as in just about 400 novice fights and had just one loss as a professional, concept he did higher than the scorecards indicated.
“Unquestionably It’s not that i am agreeing with the scorecards,”’ he mentioned.
The struggle was once the most important for the reason that pandemic started and would had been a pay-per-view match in commonplace instances. However and not using a enthusiasts it was once televised on ESPN, offering boxing with a larger exhibit than it will have got another way.
Lomachenko was once a Four-1 favourite however appeared rusty early as he attempted to unravel the way of Lopez. He threw punches most effective sparingly the primary part of the struggle, touchdown simply 31 punches within the first seven rounds, prior to after all selecting up the tempo within the 8th around.
“I feel the primary part of the struggle he were given extra rounds than I did however in the second one part of the struggle I took over,” Lomachenko mentioned. “I used to be a lot better.”
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Punch statistics confirmed Lopez landed 183 of 659 punches whilst Lomachenko was once credited with 141 of 321. Within the 12th around Lopez outlanded Lomachenko 50 to 19 and spread out a reduce that despatched blood flowing down his face and precipitated referee Russell Mora to forestall the struggle with 10 seconds left to have the hoop physician take a look at it prior to resuming.
Lopez was once instructed by way of his father within the nook prior to the 12th around that he was once forward and to not possibility anything else. However he got here out robust and beat Lomachenko to the punch.
“I did not know if they’d him up at the scorecards or no longer,” Lopez mentioned.
Lopez did his trademark backflip within the ring after the unanimous determination was once introduced.
Lopez become the youngest fighter to turn into a four-belt champion in most effective his 2d name struggle. He had sought the struggle towards Lomachenko, angering the Ukrainian along with his brash techniques.
“I like to struggle and I will bang too.,” Lopez mentioned. “That’s what a real champion does, I am going in the market and be able to win.”