Not many people gave Teofimo Lopez Jr. the chance to defeat Vasiliy Lomachenko at the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The idea was that the 23-year-old was too young, too inexperienced, and not enough of a pure boxer to dethrone the champion who many experts considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
The Brooklyn native went out and pacified the boxing world by proving he is wise beyond his years and has a better boxing IQ than anyone thought. He didn't let the moment overwhelm him either.
All of this resulted in him defeating Lomachenko unanimously (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) to add the titles WBA (Super), WBO and WBC (Franchise) to his IBF light belt. Lopez is just missing the regular WBC belt that Devin Haney holds.
Sporting News drew the fight 114-114.
"I'm a fighter," said Lopez in his post-fight interview. "I had to dig deep. I knew he was coming. Keep pressuring him and don't give him a chance to settle down. He was on a 14 month layoff. I knew it would take time."
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Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) came out and let Lomachenko know he was there to fight. He set the tone by doing something no one thought they would: throw the thrust and work Lomachenko's exposed body.
Lomachenko tried to figure out angles and ways to connect, but Lopez would come forward, set the pace, and then land the harder punches. His size and strength seemed too much for Lomachenko.
Loma got into a rhythm during the second half of the fight by staying inside, being more active, and landing the sharper shots. The momentum shifted and the fight seemed to falter.
By the time the fight went into the 12th and final round, Lopez was exhausted and appeared to be on the ropes. Instead, he bit his mouthpiece and fought for the best three minutes of his career. He injured Lomachenko with a series of left hooks and body shots, forcing Lomachenko back on the ropes to secure the decision.
The loss ended a 13-fight winning streak for 32-year-old Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), who struggled with scorecards despite confirming the decision was final.
"He won more rounds in the first half," said Lomachenko. "But I took over in the second half. I definitely disagree with the scorecards.
"At the moment I thought I had won. But the results are the results."
Here's what happened on the Lomachenko-Lopez map:
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez Results, Highlights
(All times east.)
Teofimo Lopez upsets Vasiliy Lomachenko to become three-belt lightweight champion
12:53 p.m .: Lopez def. Lomachenko by unanimous decision (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) to win the WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles. Give Lopez credit regardless of the scorecards; He fought when it mattered and beat arguably the best fighter in the sport.
Round 12: Lopez was just having the round of his life. He bit his mouthpiece and landed one hard left hook after another, including one that stunned Lomachenko. Time to go to the judges' scorecards. It could go either way. (10-9 Lopez, 114-114)
Round 11: Lomachenko pushes the subject, pledging to be inside and ready to go head to toe. Liked what Lopez did in the last 30 seconds. He tore open the body and sent Lomachenko back. It all depends on the finals. (10-9 Lomachenko, 105-104 Lomachenko)
Round 10: Right now, Lomachenko is in control. He found Lopez out. He fires the shot that prepares his power shots. Lopez has to keep his hands up while he's shredded upstairs. (10-9 Lomachenko, 95-95)
Round 9: Lopez fought better, but Lomachenko was pumping the push and throw combinations, negating the 23-year-old's game plan. Lopez must return to the body; that was his best recipe for success. We have a fight. (10-9 Lomachenko, 86-85 Lopez)
Round 8: The tide of the fight has shifted. Lomachenko let it go by going up and down with combinations. Can see the frustration on Lopez & # 39; face. How does he regain control? (10-9 Lomachenko, 77-75 Lopez)
Round 7: Lomachenko opened up by going in and ready to swap, and he landed the sharper shots. You can see Lopez start to loosen up and get frustrated when Lomachenko struggled at the clinch. He has to keep calm. (10-9 Lomachenko, 68-65 Lopez)
Round 6: Just when it looked like Lomachenko was going to win the round, Lopez stole it with a short right uppercut followed by a right hand. I've never seen Lopez this well. (10-9 Lopez, 59-55 Lopez)
Round 5: Lomachenko is waiting for Lopez to make a mistake. But here's the thing: it hasn't happened yet. Lopez just keeps following the game plan and makes Lomachenko normal. (10-9 Lopez, 49-46 Lopez)
Round 4: Lopez fights very well. He outwits the boxer and hits the body. Too much exercise and too little work from Lomachenko. (10-9 Lopez, 39-37 Lopez)
Round 3: At the moment Lopez is faster at the draw and lands the sharper shots. Lomachenko needs to get started and increase activity. (10-9 Lopez, 29-28 Lopez)
Round 2: Another good lap for Lopez as he continued pumping the push and landed a solid left hook. But Lomachenko came in the final moments when he landed a crisp combination. It was enough to win the round but the momentum seems to be shifting. (10-9 Lomachenko, 19-19)
Round 1: Couldn't have been better if you're Lopez's corner. He established the push and, more importantly, went to the corpse that Lomachenko was prone to in the past. Lomachenko doesn't throw much in the first round while processing the information, but Lopez got everything right in the opening sequence. (10-9 Lopez)
11:52 pm: It is now time for the main event as Vasiliy Lomachenko brings his WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles to the line against IBF defending champion Teofimo Lopez. The time to talk is over. Can Lopez endorse everything he's said and dethrone arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Or does Lomachenko rule? We'll find out in a moment.
Arnold Barboza Jr. survives the rainfall and remains undefeated
11:36 pm: Barboza def. Saucedo by unanimous decision (97-92, 97-92, 96-93). Barboza stayed calm after being knocked down for the first time and made this fight look pretty easy. It had a constant volume and a faster working speed, which turned out to be too much for Saucedo. You could say that Barboza wanted to prove a point. He could have won a boxing match without much trouble with the bat, but Barboza beat Saucedo in his own game by staying in the pocket and going shot after shot. A great achievement from the 28 year old who is now in the thick of the action in a loaded junior welterweight division.
11:18 pm: Saucedo and Barboza got tangled up on lap 7. Barboza got out and then stumbled for a second, and Saucedo clapped two left hands to send him onto the canvas. The umpire initially ruled it was a trip, but after the round ended, the Nevada State Athletic Commission re-examined and declared it a knockdown. Nice job from the state of Nevada in getting the call right. Hopefully we will see universal instant rendering in all states.
10:49 pm: Now is the time for Lomachenko's co-main event against Lopez as Arnold Barboza Jr. takes on Alex Saucedo in the junior welterweight division. Barboza (24-0, 10 KOs) rolls in with three stop wins in his last four fights. Saucedo (30-1, 19 KOs) is a former world title challenger who lost to Maurice Hooker in November 2018. This is the greatest moment in Barboza's career as he faces his toughest opponent by far. We will learn how good the 28 year old really is.
10:48 pm: It'll be interesting to see when the main event starts considering there's a huge college football game going on between Alabama and Georgia. There are currently four minutes left in the third quarter. A source close to the situation told Sporting News earlier this week that the running schedule would be to wait until the end of the game and then Lomachenko and Lopez would do their ring walks.
Edgar Berlanga goes 15 to 15 in the first round
10:26 pm: Berlanga def. Bellows from TKO at 1:19 of the first round. Berlanga stunned Bellows with an overhand right hand that shot blood from Bellow's left eye. The beginning of the end came when Berlanga stunned Bellows with a short left, followed by another overhand at the top right of his head that made him stumble towards the ropes. Berlanga finished with a left hand, a blazing straight right, and a barrage of shots that forced the umpire to enter and stop the fight.
Berlanga came in to log a few laps, but saw an opening to end things quickly. This made him the first fighter to stop Bellows. He is a pleasure to watch and boxing fans should watch out for him.
10:12 pm: In the opening fight of the main card Lomachenko against Lopez, Edgar Berlanga meets Lanell Bellows in the super middleweight division. Berlanga is one of the sport's most exciting young fighters. He's undefeated in 14 fights, and all of those wins come by the round of 16. Bellows (20-5-3, 13 KOs) gets two knockout victories.
Don't go to the bathroom. Stay on the couch. It shouldn't take long.
22 O `clock: Welcome to Sporting News' live coverage of the easy title fight between WBA (Super) and WBO Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF title list Teofimo Lopez Jr.This is the biggest fight to date since boxing returned from global COVID in June 19 pandemic. Sit back, relax, and get the refreshments while you can. It will be an unforgettable night.
Vasiliy Lomachenko versus Teofimo Lopez undercard results
- Josue Vargas def. Kendo Castaneda by unanimous decision (100-89, 99-90, 98-91).
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas def. John Vincent Moralde by knockout at 1:08 of the first round.
- Quinton Randall def. Jan Carlos Rivera by unanimous decision (59-55, 58-56, 58-56).
- Jahi Tucker def. Charles Garner by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36).
HALE: Lopez in the canelo position against Lomachenko
When is the fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez?
- Undercard: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
Vasiliy Lomachenko against Teofimo Lopez is scheduled for Saturday 17th October. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.
Vasiliy Lomachenko record and bio
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Born: 17th February 1988
- Height: 5-7
- To reach: 65 inches
- Total fights: fifteen
- Recording: 14-1 with 10 knockouts
Teofimo Lopez record and bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: July 30, 1997
- Height: 5-8
- To reach: 68.5 in
- Total fights: fifteen
- Recording: 15-0 with 12 eliminations
Vasiliy Lomachenko versus Teofimo Lopez fight card
- Vasiliy Lomachenko v Teofimo Lopez for Lomachenko's WBO, WBA, and WBC Franchise titles (Franchises) and Lopez & # 39; IBF lightweight titles
- Arnold Barboza Jr. versus Alex Saucedo; Junior world weights
- Edgar Berlanga versus Lanell Bellows; Super middle weights
- Josue Vargas against Kendo Castaneda; Junior world weights
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas versus John Vincent Moralde; Featherweights
- Quatavious Cash versus Quincy LaVallais; Middleweights
- Quinton Randall versus Jan Carlos Rivera; World weights
- Jahi Tucker versus Charles Garner; World weights