Lopez beats Lomachenko to become undisputed champion

Lawrence Kim
October 18, 2020

Teofimo Lopez Jr. pulled off a massive upset this evening in Las Vegas when he defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko via unanimous decision.

Lopez took advantage of a slow start by Lomachenko to build up an early lead, then finished the fight with a big 12th round that left Lomachenko bloodied and beaten on the scorecards.

Lopez becomes the youngest fighter to become a four-belt champion since the WBO was founded in 1988.

Lopez claimed a unanimous decision win over Lomachenko, polling scores of 116-112, 119-109, 117-111 to capture the undisputed lightweight championship of the world and begin what he hopes will be a new era at the top of boxing's 135-pound division. The Associated Press had Lopez winning 117-111.

This round was a late exclamation to what was a sterling performance by a young man who fulfilled the destiny of his outspoken father, who prophesied that not only would his son win a world title by his 15th fight, but he would topple a boxer many consider the best in the sport by his 16th.

"I had to dig deep, man". I'm a fighter. I gotta dig in deep.

Lomachenko, an Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, was a 3-1 favourite heading into the fight.

"He's been in a 14-month layoff,"′ Lopez said. And each and every day, I take that in.

Lomachenko, who lost only once in almost 400 amateur fights and had only one loss as a pro, thought he did better than the scorecards indicated.

Lopez unifies the lightweight titles. He threw punches only sparingly the first half of the fight, landing just 31 punches in the first seven rounds, before finally picking up the pace in the eighth round. I can't commentate too much on it. Lopez landed an average of 15/55 punches per round according to compubox.

Lopez received a nasty cut over the right eye from an accidental head butt in the final round but was able to continue.

Vasyl Lomachenko has insisted he did not agree with the wide scorecards in his stunning loss against Teofimo Lopez while his promoter Bob Arum was so angry with them he said he "doesn't want to see one of the judges ever again". He had sought the fight against Lomachenko, angering the Ukrainian with his brash tactics.

Lopez, 16-0 with 12 knockouts, became the lightweight king in a fight that appeared to be closer than the lopsided judges' scorecards indicated at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. That is what a true champion does: "to come up and find a way to win".

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