We have a new light king. At just 23, Teofimo Lopez became the undisputed lightweight champion of the world by removing Vasiliy Lomachenko for 12 seasons inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Lopez has been the youngest fighter to be a four-belt champion since the founding of the WBO in 1988.
After a strong start, Lopez defeated Lomachenko’s last rally to win by scores of 116-112, 119-109 and 117-111.
The fight was preceded by Lopez’s boxing early, controlling the center of the ring by using his left-handed scholar and then striking Lomachenko with a smooth shot to the body with the support of a smaller boxer.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) formed a big lead on the scorecards as he neutralized Lomachenko’s pleasant move (14-2, 10) behind that rubbish. For almost half of the fight, Lomachenko just moved around the ring and did very little. It is clear that Lopez’s technical intellect and silence are severely underrated. For the long stretch of the fight he actually outboxed the master boxer.
However Lomachenko did not give up without a fight. When the fight entered the final stage, Lomachenko, feeling that he was behind, began to increase the pressure and began to close the gap on Lopez. He slapped her fast, like a laser left hand slowing down Lopez’s momentum. To his credit, Lomachenko put together a late rally in the championships.
“I think the first half of the fight he got more rounds than me, but in the second half of the fight I took it,” Lomachenko said. “I’m better.”
But if a late statement was needed by Lopez, it was made in the 12th and final round. Despite Lopez’s father saying he won the fight in the last round, Lopez maintained the pressure and moved his hand, landing several significant power shots that stopped Lomachenko from his tracks. Only a collision of heads that caused a bump in Lopez’s left eye prevented the wave from rising.
“I’m a fighter,” Lopez said after the match regarding the 12th round. “I have to dig deep. I know he’s coming. I don’t know if they’ve got him on scorecards or not, and I want to fight. I can also bang. I don’t care, man. I’ll get one to give one. That’s what a true champion does. I found a way to win. “
This round is a late ejaculation of what a great performance a young man fulfilled the fate of his unspoken father, who predicted not only his son would win a world title in by his 15th fight, but he will overthrow a boxer who many consider the best in the sport by his 16th.