Not many individuals gave Teofimo Lopez Jr. an opportunity to defeat Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday evening inside the MGM Grand bubble in Las Vegas. The notion was that the 23-year-old was too younger, too inexperienced and not sufficient of a pure boxer to dethrone the champion many pundits seen as the highest pound-for-pound fighter within the sport.
The Brooklyn native went out and quieted the boxing world by proving that he’s smart past his years and has a greater boxing IQ than anybody thought. He additionally did not let the second overwhelm him.
All of that led to him defeating Lomachenko by unanimous resolution (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) so as to add the WBA (Tremendous), WBO and WBC (Franchise) titles to his IBF light-weight belt. Lopez is lacking solely the common WBC belt, which Devin Haney holds.
Sporting Information had the battle a draw at 114-114.
“I am a fighter,” Lopez stated in his postfight interview. “I needed to dig deep. I knew he was coming. Maintain pressuring him, and do not give him a possibility to arrange. He was in a 14-month layoff. I knew it could take him a while.”
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) got here out and let Lomachenko know that he was there to battle. He set the tone by doing one thing nobody thought he would do: throwing the jab and dealing Lomachenko’s uncovered physique.
Lomachenko was looking for angles and methods to attach, however Lopez would come ahead, dictate the tempo after which land the more durable blows. His measurement and energy appeared to be an excessive amount of for Lomachenko.
Loma received right into a rhythm within the second half of the battle by staying on the within, being extra energetic and touchdown the crisper pictures. The momentum shifted and the battle appeared to be hanging within the stability.
Because the battle entered the 12th and last spherical, Lopez was exhausted and appeared to be on the ropes. As an alternative, he bit down on his mouthpiece and fought the perfect three minutes of his profession. He damage Lomachenko with a sequence of left hooks and physique pictures and compelled Lomachenko again to the ropes to safe the choice.
The loss ends a 13-bout profitable streak for the 32-year-old Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), who took challenge with the scorecards despite the fact that he acknowledged the choice was last.
“Within the first half, he received extra rounds,” Lomachenko stated. “However I took over within the second half. I positively do not agree with the scorecards.
“In the intervening time, I assumed I received. However the outcomes are the outcomes.”
Here’s what occurred on the Lomachenko-Lopez card:
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez outcomes, highlights
(All instances Japanese.)
Teofimo Lopez upsets Vasiliy Lomachenko to turn out to be three-belt light-weight champion
12:53 a.m.: Lopez def. Lomachenko by unanimous resolution (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) to win the WBA (Tremendous) and WBO light-weight titles. Whatever the scorecards, give Lopez credit score; he fought when it mattered and beat arguably the perfect fighter within the sport.
Spherical 12: Lopez simply had the spherical of his life. He bit down on his mouthpiece and landed one onerous left hook after one other, together with one which shocked Lomachenko. Time to go to the judges’ scorecards. It might go both approach. (10-9 Lopez, 114-114)
Spherical 11: Lomachenko is urgent the difficulty and committing to being on the within and keen to go toe-to-toe. Preferred what Lopez did within the last 30 seconds. He was ripping the physique and sending Lomachenko again. All of it comes all the way down to the ultimate spherical. (10-9 Lomachenko, 105-104 Lomachenko)
Spherical 10: Proper now, Lomachenko is in management. He has Lopez found out. He is firing off the jab, which is establishing his energy pictures. Lopez must maintain his fingers up as he is getting shredded upstairs. (10-9 Lomachenko, 95-95)
Spherical 9: Lopez fought higher however Lomachenko’s pumping the jab and throwing mixtures, which negated the 23-year-old’s recreation plan. Lopez wants to return to the physique; that was his finest recipe for achievement. Now we have a battle. (10-9 Lomachenko, 86-85 Lopez)
Spherical 8: The tide of the battle has shifted. Lomachenko let it unfastened by going upstairs and downstairs with mixtures. Can see the frustration on Lopez’s face. How does he regain management? (10-9 Lomachenko, 77-75 Lopez)
Spherical 7: Lomachenko opened himself up by going inside and being keen to alternate, and he landed the crisper pictures. You may see Lopez beginning to get unglued and getting annoyed when Lomachenko would battle within the clinch. He must maintain himself composed. (10-9 Lomachenko, 68-65 Lopez)
Spherical 6: Simply when it appeared Lomachenko would win the spherical, Lopez stole it away with a brief proper uppercut adopted by a proper hand. Have by no means seen Lopez look so good. (10-9 Lopez, 59-55 Lopez)
Spherical 5: Lomachenko is ready for Lopez to make a mistake. However here is the factor: It hasn’t occurred but. Lopez simply continues following the sport plan and making Lomachenko odd. (10-9 Lopez, 49-46 Lopez)
Spherical 4: Lopez is preventing extraordinarily nicely. He is outboxing the boxer along with pounding the physique. An excessive amount of motion and never sufficient work from Lomachenko. (10-9 Lopez, 39-37 Lopez)
Spherical 3: Proper now, Lopez is faster to the draw and touchdown the crisper pictures. Lomachenko must get going and ramp up the exercise. (10-9 Lopez, 29-28 Lopez)
Spherical 2: One other good spherical for Lopez as he continued to pump the jab and landed a strong left hook. However Lomachenko got here on within the last moments when he landed a crisp mixture. It was sufficient to win the spherical however the momentum appears to be like to be shifting. (10-9 Lomachenko, 19-19)
Spherical 1: Could not have requested for a greater spherical in case you are Lopez’s nook. He established the jab and, extra importantly, went to the physique, which Lomachenko has been susceptible to up to now. Lomachenko would not throw a lot within the first spherical as he processes the data, however Lopez did every part proper within the opening sequence. (10-9 Lopez)
11:52 p.m.: It’s now time for the principle occasion as Vasiliy Lomachenko places his WBA (Tremendous) and WBO light-weight titles on the road in opposition to IBF titleholder Teofimo Lopez. The time for speaking is over. Can Lopez again up every part he has been saying and dethrone arguably the highest pound-for-pound fighter on the earth? Or does Lomachenko reign supreme? We’re about to search out out.
Arnold Barboza Jr. survives knockdown to stay undefeated
11:36 p.m.: Barboza def. Saucedo by way of unanimous resolution (97-92, 97-92, 96-93). Barboza stayed composed after being knocked down for the primary time and made this battle look quite straightforward. He had constant quantity and a heavier work charge, each of which proved to be an excessive amount of for Saucedo to beat. You may inform Barboza needed to show some extent. He might have received a boxing match with out a lot challenge over the slugger, however Barboza beat Saucedo at his personal recreation by staying within the pocket and going shot for shot. An excellent efficiency by the 28-year-old, who’s now in the thick of issues in a loaded junior welterweight division.
11:18 p.m.: Saucedo and Barboza received tousled in Spherical 7. Barboza received out after which stumbled for a second, and Saucedo hit two left fingers to ship him to the canvas. The referee initially dominated it a visit, however after the spherical ended, the Nevada State Athletic Fee carried out a replay assessment and declared it a knockdown. Good job by the state of Nevada in getting the decision proper. Hopefully, we’ll see common instantaneous replay in all states.
10:49 p.m.: It’s now time for the co-main occasion of Lomachenko vs. Lopez as Arnold Barboza Jr. takes on Alex Saucedo in a junior welterweight bout. Barboza (24-0, 10 KOs) rolls in with three stoppage victories in his final 4 fights. Saucedo (30-1, 19 KOs) is a former world title challenger, dropping to Maurice Hooker in November 2018. That is the most important second of Barboza’s profession as he faces by far his hardest opponent. We will learn the way good the 28-year-old actually is.
10:48 p.m.: It is going to be attention-grabbing to see when the principle occasion begins, contemplating there’s an enormous school soccer recreation between Alabama and Georgia. At the moment, there are 4 minutes left within the third quarter. A supply near the state of affairs informed Sporting Information earlier within the week that the operating plan was to attend till the sport ended after which Lomachenko and Lopez would make their ring walks.
Edgar Berlanga goes 15 for 15 in first-round finishes
10:26 p.m.: Berlanga def. Bellows by TKO at 1:19 of the primary spherical. Berlanga shocked Bellows with an overhand proper that despatched blood capturing out of Bellows’ left eye. The start of the tip got here when Berlanga shocked Bellows with a brief left adopted by one other overhand proper to the highest of the top that despatched him stumbling to the ropes. Berlanga completed with a left hand, a blazing straight proper after which a barrage of pictures that compelled the referee to step in and wave off the bout.
Berlanga got here in desirous to log some rounds, however he noticed a gap to finish issues shortly. In doing so, he grew to become the primary fighter to cease Bellows. He’s a deal with to observe and boxing followers want to concentrate to him.
10:12 p.m.: The opening bout of the Lomachenko vs. Lopez most important card has Edgar Berlanga dealing with Lanell Bellows in a brilliant middleweight bout. Berlanga is among the most enjoyable younger fighters within the sport; he is undefeated in 14 fights, with all of these wins coming by way of first-round knockout. Bellows (20-5-3, 13 KOs) is available in with back-to-back knockout victories.
Do not go to the lavatory. Keep on the sofa. It should not final lengthy.
10 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting Information’ dwell protection of the light-weight title unification conflict between WBA (Tremendous) and WBO champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and IBF titlist Teofimo Lopez Jr. That is the most important battle up to now since boxing returned in June from the COVID-19 international pandemic. Sit again, chill out and seize the refreshments when you can. That is going to be an evening to recollect.
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez undercard outcomes
- Josue Vargas def. Kendo Castaneda by way of unanimous resolution (100-89, 99-90, 98-91).
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas def. John Vincent Moralde by knockout at 1:08 of the primary spherical.
- Quinton Randall def. Jan Carlos Rivera by way of unanimous resolution (59-55, 58-56, 58-56).
- Jahi Tucker def. Charles Garner by unanimous resolution (40-36, 40-36, 40-36).
When is the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez battle?
- Undercard: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Fundamental card: 10 p.m. ET
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17. The principle card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Vasiliy Lomachenko file and bio
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Born: February 17, 1988
- Top: 5-7
- Attain: 65 inches
- Complete fights: 15
- File: 14-1 with 10 knockouts
Teofimo Lopez file and bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: July 30, 1997
- Top: 5-8
- Attain: 68.5 inches
- Complete fights: 15
- File: 15-0 with 12 knockouts
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez battle card
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez for Lomachenko’s WBO, WBA and WBC (Franchise) light-weight titles and Lopez’s IBF light-weight title
- Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Alex Saucedo; junior welterweights
- Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows; tremendous middleweights
- Josue Vargas vs. Kendo Castaneda; junior welterweights
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas vs. John Vincent Moralde; featherweights
- Quatavious Money vs. Quincy LaVallais; middleweights
- Quinton Randall vs. Jan Carlos Rivera; welterweights
- Jahi Tucker vs. Charles Garner; welterweights