We now have a brand new light-weight king. At simply 23 years outdated, Teofimo Lopez turned the undisputed light-weight champion of the world by dethroning Vasiliy Lomachenko over 12 tense rounds contained in the MGM Grand Convention Middle on Saturday evening.
Lopez turns into the youngest fighter to turn into a four-belt champion for the reason that WBO was based in 1988.
After a robust begin, Lopez overcame a late Lomachenko rally to win by the scores of 116-112, 119-109 and 117-111.
The bout was dominated early by the boxing of Lopez, who managed the middle of the ring through the use of his educated left hand, after which hitting Lomachenko with well-placed physique photographs that had the smaller boxer backing up.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) constructed an enormous lead on the scorecards as he was in a position to neutralize the sleek actions of Lomachenko (14-2, 10) behind that jab. For a lot of the first half of the combat, Lomachenko simply moved across the ring and did little or no offensively. It was clear that the technical acumen and poise of Lopez was vastly underrated. For lengthy stretches of the bout he was really out-boxing the grasp boxer.
But Lomachenko did not quit with out a combat. Because the combat entered the late phases, Lomachenko, sensing that he was behind, started to ramp up the strain and began to shut the hole on Lopez. He struck him with fast laser-like left arms which slowed the momentum of Lopez. To his credit score, Lomachenko put collectively a late rally within the championship rounds.
But when a late assertion was wanted by Lopez, it was made within the twelfth and last spherical. Regardless of Lopez’s father saying that he had the combat received coming into the final spherical, Lopez stored the strain on and acquired his hand transferring, touchdown a number of vital energy photographs that halted Lomachenko in his tracks. Solely a conflict of heads that brought about a gash over Lopez’s left eye, stemmed the tide.
“I am a fighter,” mentioned Lopez after the combat concerning the twelfth spherical. “I gotta dig in deep. I knew he was coming. I did not know if they’d him up on the scorecards or not, and I like to combat. I can bang, too. I do not care, man. I will take one to offer one. That is what a real champion does. I discover a strategy to win.”
This spherical was a late exclamation to what was a sterling efficiency by a younger man who fulfilled the future of his out-spoken father, who prophesied that not solely would his son win a world title by his fifteenth combat, however he would topple a boxer that many think about one of the best within the sport, by his sixteenth.