Ukrainian boxing sensation Vasyl Lomachenko and American standout Teofimo Lopez squared off on October 17 inside the "Bubble" at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) built a big lead on the scorecards as he was able to neutralize the graceful movements of Lomachenko (14-2, 10) behind that jab.
Vasly Lomachenko was considered the pound-for-pound best in the world before his points defeat to Teofimo Lopez.
Lopez (16-0) added the three titles held by Lomachenko (15-2) to the belt he won past year to become the undisputed 135-champion. Scores were 116-112, 119-109, 117-111. The Associated Press had Lopez winning 117-111.
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 had to dig deep, man".
Lomachenko, an Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, was a 3-1 favourite heading into the fight. By the time the fight got competitive in the eighth round he was too far behind to come back.
"I am ready to take over the world", he declared after his victory.
"Definitely I am not agreeing with the scorecards,"′ he said.
Lomachenko fired back verbal barbs of his own in the weeks leading to the fight, suggesting Lopez's bluster would lead to his undoing once the two stepped into the ring for one of the more anticipated showdowns in recent memory.
'I think in the first half he had more rounds than I did, but in the second half I took over and I was much better, ' he said. "I was much better". Lopez landed an average of 15/55 punches per round according to compubox. Lopez finished strongly for the win, but it's hard to believe that he won 11 out of 12 rounds, as Lederman saw things.
Lopez was told by his father in the corner before the 12th round that he was ahead and not to risk anything. "We outboxed him. We gave him a clinic, you know, I'm just so glad, man, that everything that I said came into existence".
Lopez did his trademark backflip in the ring after the unanimous decision was announced.
At 23, Lopez is the youngest fighter to become a four belt undisputed champion. "So, I knew it would take time for him to catch up".