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Lopez upsets Lomachenko to unify lightweight titles

Lopez upsets Lomachenko to unify lightweight titles”

Teofimo Lopez shocked the world on Saturday night, defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision to become undisputed lightweight champion.

The fight was officially scored 116-112 by Tim Cheatham, 117-111 by Steve Weisfield and 119-109 by Julie Lederman.

The 23 year old started on the front foot to take the first four rounds by maintaining the distance and utilizing his reach and overall size advantage.

Lomachenko said he believed he won the fight and disagreed with the scoring decision during a post-bout interview, according to boxing insider Dan Rafael.

Lopez also settled what he has called personal issues with Lomachenko, 32, dating from several years ago when his father and head trainer, Teofimo Sr, exchanged words with the Ukrainian southpaw, who is widely regarded among the top pound-for-pound fighters of his generation.

Lomachenko dropped to 14-2 with 10 knockouts.

Advertisement Fast forward to 2020, and Lopez, like Fury, fought to a specific gameplan which ensured his opponent - the pound-for-pound master Vasiliy Lomachenko - struggled to stamp any authority on the match. I'm thankful. I'm grateful.

"I'm a fighter", Lopez said after the fight regarding the 12th round.

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The bout was dominated early by the boxing of Lopez, who controlled the center of the ring by using his educated left hand and then hit Lomachenko with well-placed body shots that had the smaller boxer backing up. "I gotta dig in deep".

"I didn't know if they had him up on the scorecards or not", Lopez said.

"I can bang, too". "That's what a true champion does, I go out there and find a way to win".

"My son was the better man", Lopez Sr said with a championship belt slung over his left shoulder. "I disagree with the scorecards".

"I am ready to take over the world", he declared after his victory.

In contrast, Lopez was a lot younger, more inexperienced but had an absurd amount of confidence in his speed and power, strategy, and ability to produce one of the sport's most significant wins in the modern era in the middle of a pandemic. "Or I could fight the two-time email world champion Devin Haney if they want that!"

Now that Lopez is the unified king of the lightweight division, fans would love to see him battle against the victor of the Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz fight, a hot rumble scheduled for October 31. I can't commentate too much on it.



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