Not many individuals gave Teofimo Lopez an opportunity to defeat Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday night time from the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas. The notion was that the 23-year-old was too younger, inexperienced, and never sufficient of a pure boxer to dethrone the man many pundits have considered as the highest pound-for-pound fighter within the sport.
However the native of New York quieted the boxing world proved he’s smart past his years, has a greater IQ than anybody thought, and did not let the second overwhelm to defeat Lomachenko by unanimous determination so as to add the WBA (tremendous) and WBO light-weight titles along with the IBF belt. Sporting Information had the struggle a draw (114-114).
“I am a fighter,” Lopez mentioned in his post-fight interview. “I needed to dig deep. I knew he was coming. Hold pressuring him, and do not give him a possibility to arrange. He was in a 14-month layoff. I knew it might take him a while.”
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) got here out on the outset and let Lomachenko know that he was right here to struggle. He set the tone by doing one thing nobody thought he would do by throwing the jab and dealing the uncovered physique of Lomachenko.
Lomachenko was looking for angles and methods to attach, however Lopez would come ahead, dictate the tempo, and landed the tougher blows. The scale and energy appeared to be an excessive amount of for Lomachenko.
However the 32-year-old began to get into the rhythm within the second half of the struggle by staying on the within, being extra lively, and touchdown the crisper photographs. The momentum had shifted, and the struggle appeared to be hanging within the steadiness.
Heading into the 12th and last spherical, Lopez was exhausted and appeared to be on the ropes. As an alternative, Lopez bit down on his mouthpiece and fought the perfect three minutes of his profession. He harm Lomachenko with a collection of left hooks, physique photographs and compelled Lomachenko again to the ropes to safe the ultimate spherical and develop into the unified light-weight champion.
For Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), his 13-bout profitable streak. Whereas admitting the scorecards are last, Lomachenko took some challenge with the scorecards.
“Within the first half, he gained extra rounds,” Lomachenko mentioned. “However I took over within the second half. I positively do not agree with the scorecards.
“In the intervening time, I assumed I gained. However the outcomes are the outcomes.”
Here’s what occurred at Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez.
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Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez reside outcomes, updates
(All occasions Japanese.)
Teofimo Lopez upsets Vasiliy Lomachenko to develop into three-belt light-weight champion
12:53 a.m.: Lopez def. Lomachenko by unanimous determination (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 laborious left hook after one other, together with gorgeous Lomachenko on one event. Time to go to the judges scorecards. It may both means. (10-9 Lopez, 114-114)
Spherical 11: Lomachenko is urgent the difficulty and commiting 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 photographs. Lopez must preserve his palms 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 combos which has negated the 23-year-old’s gameplan. Lopez wants to return to the physique as that was his finest recipe for achievement. We’ve got a struggle. (10-9 Lomachenko, 86-85 Lopez)
Spherical 8: The tide of the struggle has shifted. Lomachenko let it unfastened by going upstairs and downstairs with combos. 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 within the inside and keen to trade and landed the crisper photographs. You may see Lopez beginning to get unglued and getting annoyed when Lomachennko can be combating within the clinch. Must preserve 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 bizarre. (10-9 Lopez, 49-46 Lopez)
Spherical 4: Lopez is combating extraordinarily nicely. He is outboxing the boxer in addtion to beginning to pound 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 photographs. 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 seems to be to be shifting. (10-9 Lomachenko, 19-19)
Spherical 1: Could not have requested for a greater spherical if you’re the nook of Lopez. He established the jab and extra importantly went to the physique, which Lomachenko has been susceptible to prior to now. Lomachenko does not throw a lot within the first spherical as he processes the data however Lopez did all the things proper within the opening sequence. (10-9 Lopez)
11:52 p.m.: It’s now time for the primary occasion as Vasiliy Lomachenko places him WBA (tremendous) and WBO light-weight titles on the road towards IBF titleholder Teofimo Lopez. The time for speaking is over. Can Lopez again up all the things he is been saying and dethrone arguably the highest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet? Or does Lomachenko reign supreme? We’re about to seek out out.
Arnold Barboza Jr. survives knockdown to stay undefeated
11:36 p.m.: Barboza def. Saucedo by way of unanimous determination (97-92, 97-92, 96-93). Barboza stayed composed after being knocked down for the primary time and made this struggle look relatively simple. He had constant quantity and a heavier work price, each of which proved to be an excessive amount of for Saucedo to beat. You might inform Barboza wished to show a degree. He may have gained 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 important 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 obtained snarled in Spherical 7. Barboza obtained out after which stumbled for a second, and Saucedo hit two left palms to ship him to the canvas. The referee initially dominated it a visit, however after the spherical ended, the Nevada State Athletic Fee performed a replay evaluation and declared it a knockdown. Good job by the state of Nevada in getting the decision proper. Hopefully, we’ll see common on the spot 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 largest second of Barboza’s profession as he faces by far his hardest opponent. We’ll learn the way good the 28-year-old actually is.
10:48 p.m.: It is going to be fascinating to see when the primary 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 working 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 surprised Bellows with an overhand proper that despatched blood taking pictures out of Bellows’ left eye. The start of the top got here when Berlanga surprised Bellows with a brief left adopted by one other overhand proper to the highest of the pinnacle that despatched him stumbling to the ropes. Berlanga completed with a left hand, a blazing straight proper after which a barrage of photographs that compelled the referee to step in and wave off the bout.
Berlanga got here in eager to log some rounds, however he noticed a gap to finish issues shortly. In doing so, he turned the primary fighter to cease Bellows. He’s a deal with to look at and boxing followers want to concentrate to him.
10:12 p.m.: The opening bout of the Lomachenko vs. Lopez predominant card has Edgar Berlanga dealing with Lanell Bellows in a brilliant middleweight bout. Berlanga is among the most fun 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 toilet. Keep on the sofa. It should not final lengthy.
10 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting Information’ reside 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 largest struggle so far since boxing returned in June from the COVID-19 international pandemic. Sit again, calm down 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 determination (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 determination (59-55, 58-56, 58-56).
- Jahi Tucker def. Charles Garner by unanimous determination (40-36, 40-36, 40-36).
HALE: Lopez within the Canelo place towards Lomachenko
When is the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez struggle?
- Undercard: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Foremost card: 10 p.m. ET
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17. The primary card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Vasiliy Lomachenko file and bio
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Born: February 17, 1988
- Peak: 5-7
- Attain: 65 inches
- Whole fights: 15
- Report: 14-1 with 10 knockouts
Teofimo Lopez file and bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: July 30, 1997
- Peak: 5-8
- Attain: 68.5 inches
- Whole fights: 15
- Report: 15-0 with 12 knockouts
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez struggle card
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Teofimo Lopez for Lomachenko’s WBO and WBA Light-weight titles and Lopez’s IBF Light-weight title
- Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. Alex Saucedo; Junior Welterweight
- Edgar Berlanga vs. Lanell Bellows; Tremendous Middleweights
- Josue Vargas vs. Kendo Castaneda; Junior Welterweight
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas vs. John Vincent Moralde; Featherweight
- Quatavious Money vs. Quincy LaVallais; Middleweight
- Quinton Randall vs. Jan Carlos Rivera; Welterweight
- Jahi Tucker vs. Charles Garner; Welterweight