Teofimo Lopez overcomes Vasyl Lomachenko in Las Vegas
Teofimo Lopez beat Vasyl Lomachenko by a unanimous factors determination in Las Vegas to turn out to be the undisputed world light-weight champion.
The American’s win over the Ukrainian means he now provides the WBA, WBO and WBC ‘Franchise’ titles to his IBF belt.
Lopez, 23, dominated the primary half of the battle and, regardless of a late rally by Lomachenko, was awarded a 116-112, 119-109, 117-111 win by the judges.
“I’m able to take over the world,” Lopez mentioned.
The end result means he’s the youngest fighter to turn out to be a four-belt undisputed champion and he maintains his unbeaten file with 16 wins from 16 bouts.
The battle between the 2 rivals had been eagerly awaited however passed off with none followers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lomachenko, 32, was stored quiet early on and, though he put in a robust effort within the later rounds, it was not sufficient to cease him struggling a second defeat from his 15 fights.
“I feel I gained the battle,” Lomachenko mentioned after his first loss in six years. “However I’m not going to argue it now.
“Within the first half of the battle he gained extra rounds. Within the second half I took it over. I do not agree with the scorecards.”
Mike Costello, BBC 5 Stay boxing correspondent
Boxing has a brand new star and the story of Teofimo Lopez may solely be beginning, when it comes to wider appreciation.
For 2 years, his father and coach Teofimo Sr has been predicting what we noticed final evening. Overlook the narrative of ‘Loma the boxer towards Lopez the puncher’, he would insist, one of many all-time greats of the game could be out-thought and out-fought. And so it was.
The competition that Lomachenko began too slowly and conceded the early rounds too readily is a slight on Lopez. In a low-scoring first half of the battle – and towards a fleet-footed opponent – Lopez used single jabs and stiff proper palms to the physique to achieve management, ready patiently for alternatives in constructing a lead on the scorecards. Lomachenko was pressured to extend his work fee within the second half and Lopez confirmed spectacular maturity, at 23, in managing a probably turbulent spell.
I scored it 116-112 (eight rounds to 4) in favour of Lopez and it is the mark of a particular fighter that when the momentum gave the impression to be swaying towards him late on, Lopez responded by producing a wonderful remaining spherical.
All in all, a efficiency to match Tyson Fury’s towards Deontay Wilder as one of the best of the boxing yr to this point.