Few people gave Teofim Lopez Jr. a chance to beat Vasily Lomachenko inside 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 a pure enough boxer to overthrow the champion from the many experts considered the best fighters for pound for pound.
A Brooklyn resident went out and calmed down the world of boxing by proving that he is wise during his years and has a better boxing intelligence ratio than anyone thought. He also did not allow the moment to overwhelm him.
All this led him to unanimously defeat Lomachenko (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) and added WBA (Super), WBO and WBC (franchise) titles to his IBF light belt. Lopez lacks only the usual WBC belt held by Devin Haney.
Sporting News fought in a draw 114: 114.
“I’m a fighter,” Lopez said in an interview after the fight. “I had to dig deep. I knew he was coming. Keep up with his pressure and not give me a chance to settle down. He was fired for 14 months. I knew it would take some time.”
Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) came out and informed Lomachenko that he was fighting there. He set the tone by doing what no one thought he was doing: throwing a rod and working on Lomachenko’s exposed body.
Lomachenko tried to find angles and ways to connect, but Lopez stepped forward, dictating the pace and then experiencing heavier blows. His size and power seemed too much for Lomachenko.
Loma got involved in the rhythm in the second half of the fight, staying inside, being more active and landing clearer blows. The momentum changed and the fight seemed to hang on the hair.
When the fight got into the 12th and final laps, Lopez was exhausted and seemed to be on the ropes. Instead, he bit the mouthpiece and struggled for the three best minutes of his career. He hurt Lomachenko with his left hooks and body shots and forced Lomachenko back to the ropes to secure a solution.
The defeat puts an end to a series of 13 victories for 32-year-old Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KO), who challenged the scorecards, though admitted the decision was final.
“He won more rounds in the first half,” Lomachenko said. “But I took over in the second half. I really 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 card:
The results of Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez, the most important
(Morning at all times.)
Teofimo Lopez prevents Vasily Lomachenko from becoming a three-belt lightweight champion
12:53 PM: Lopez beat Lomachenko by a unanimous decision (119-109, 117-111, 116-112) to win the WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight categories. Regardless of the scorecards, give Lopez credit; he fought when it was important, and defeated by far the best fighter in the sport.
Round 12: Lopez had just the whole stage of his life. He dipped his mouth and landed on each other’s left heavy hook, including the one that stunned Lomachenko. Time to go to the judges ’scorecards. This can happen in any case. (10–9 Lopez, 114–114)
Round 11: Lomachenko is pushing for this problem and committing to be inside and want to go from foot to toe. I liked what Lopez had done in the last 30 seconds. He robbed the body and sent Lomachenko back. It all depends on the last round. (10-9 Lomachenko, 105-104 Lomachenko)
Round 10: Lomachenko is currently in control. He understood Lopez. He shoots from a trap that prepares his power shots. Lopez needs to raise his hands up as he chops up. (10–9 Lomachenko, 95–95)
Round 9: Lopez fought better, but Lomachenko blew his jaw and threw combinations, which refuted the 23-game plan. Lopez needs to return to the body; it was the best recipe for his success. We are fighting. (10–9 Lomachenko, 86–85 Lopez)
Round 8: The battle wave has changed. Lomachenko released him by running up and down with combinations. Lopez’s face shows frustration. How does he regain control? (10-9 Lomachenko, 77-75 Lopez)
Round 7: Lomachenko opened up by going inside and wanting to change, and he hit clearer shots. You can see Lopez getting stuck and frustrated when Lomachenko fights at the clinic. He has to keep himself folded. (10-9 Lomachenko, 68-65 Lopez)
Round 6: As soon as it turned out that Lomachenko would win the round, Lopez stole it with a short top right and right hand. I’ve never seen Lopez look so good. (10-9 Lopez, 59-55 Lopez)
Round 5: Lomachenko is waiting for Lopez’s mistake. But here’s what: It hasn’t happened yet. Lopez simply continues the game plan and makes Lomachenko normal. (10-9 Lopez, 49-46 Lopez)
Round 4: Lopez fights incredibly well. In addition to beating the body, he pushes the boxer out of the field. Too much movement and insufficient Lomachenko work. (10-9 Lopez, 39-37 Lopez)
Round 3: Lopez is currently faster and easier to play. Lomachenko needs to start going and stepping up. (10-9 Lopez, 29-28 Lopez)
Round 2: Another good round for Lopez as he continued to pump the rod and landed on a solid left hook. However, Lomachenko appeared in the last moments when he reached a combination of ladders. That was enough to win the round, but the momentum seems to be changing. (10–9 Lomachenko, 19–19)
Round 1: You couldn’t have asked for a better round if you’re in the corner of Lopez. He fixed his jaw and, more importantly, went to the body to which Lomachenko had previously been vulnerable. Processing the information, I. Lomachenko did not throw much in the first round, but Lopez did everything well in the opening sequence. (10-9 Lopez)
23:52: Now it’s time for the main event, as Vasily Lomachenko releases his WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight titles to the competition against IBF-titled Teofim Lopez. It’s time to talk. Can Lopez support everything he’s said and overthrow arguably the top fighter for pound for pound? Or maybe Lomachenko reigns? We will find out soon.
Arnold Barboza Jr. survives the knockdown and remains undefeated
23:36: Barbosa winner Saucedo unanimously (97-92, 97-92, 96-93). Barboza remained composed after being struck for the first time, making this fight seemed pretty easy. He had a steady volume and a faster pace of work, both of which turned out to be too much for Saucedo to overcome. It can be said that Barboza wants to prove his point. He could have won the boxing match without any problems due to sluggishness, but Barboza beat Saucedo in his game, remaining in his pocket and shooting a shot. A great performance by a 28-year-old who is now in the crowded weight category for a lot of loaded youth.
23:18: Saucedo and Barboza became confused in the 7th round. Barboza got out and then stumbled for a second, and Saucedo struck two with his left hand to send him to the canvas. The judge initially ruled it was a trip, but at the end of the round, the Nevada State Sports Commission re-examined it and declared it a knockdown. The state of Nevada does a good job when it comes to calling properly. We hope to see universal direct repetition in all states.
22:49: Now it’s time to go to the main Lomachenko and Lopez tournament, when Arnold Barboza Jr. meets Alex Saucedo in the junior middleweight competition. Barboza (24-0, 10 KO) has been rolling with three victories in the last four fights. Saucedo (30-1, 19 KO) is a former contender for the world title. 2018 November Lost to Maurice Hooker. This is the biggest moment of Barbosa’s career when he faces his toughest opponent. We’ll find out how good a 28-year-old woman really is.
22:48: It will be interesting to see when the main event starts, given that there is a huge college football match between Alabama and Georgia. There are currently four minutes left in the third half. A source close to the situation, Sporting News, said earlier in the week that the running plan had to wait until the game was over, and then Lomachenko and Lopez would walk in the ring.
Edgar Berlanga finishes 15th out of 15 at the finish of the first stage
22:26: Berlanga winner TKO bellows first round 1:19. Berlanga stunned the bell with his right hand, which gave blood from his left eye. The beginning of the end was when Berlanga struck Belva with a short left edge, and then – another pass to the right all the way to the top of the head, which stumbled him to the ropes. Berlanga finished with his left hand, flaming his right hand, followed by a burst of blows that made the referee step forward and wave.
Berlanga came to record a few rounds, but saw that things would end soon. In doing so, he became the first fighter to stop Belova. It’s a pleasure to watch and boxing fans need to pay attention to it.
10:12 p.m .: In the main Lomachenko and Lopez cards, Edgar Berlanga faces Lanell Bellows in the middleweight category. Berlanga is one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport; he has not lost 14 fights, and all of these victories are achieved through a first-round knockout. The bellows (20-5-3, 13 KO) come with back-back knockout victories.
Do not go to the toilet. Stay on the couch. This should not last long.
10 pm: Welcome to the Sporting News live announcement of the unification of WBA (Super) and WBO champion Vasily Lomachenko and IBF title holder Teofim Lopez, junior. This is the biggest fight to date when boxing returned in June after the global pandemic COVID-19. Sit back, relax and have a refreshing drink while you can. It will be a night to remember.
Results of Vasily Lomachenko and Theophim Lopez
- Josue Vargas defeated Kendo Castaneda by unanimity (100-89, 99-90, 98-91).
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas beat John Vincent Moralde by knocking out the first lap at 1:08 p.m.
- Quinton Randall defeated Jan Carlos Rivera by unanimity (59-55, 58-56, 58-56).
- Jahi Tucker winner Charles Garner by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36).
When is the struggle between Vasily Lomachenko and Theophim Lopez going?
- Undercard: 19:30 ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
Vasily Lomachenko against Teofim Lopez is scheduled for Saturday, October 17. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET.
Record and biography of Vasily Lomachenko
- Nationality: Ukrainian
- Born: 1988 February 17
- Height: 5-7
- Availability: 65 inches
- Total fights: 15
- Post: 14-1 with 10 knockouts
Record and biography of Theophim Lopez
- Nationality: American
- Born: 1997 July 30
- Height: 5-8
- Availability: 68.5 inches
- Total fights: 15
- Post: 15-0 with 12 knockouts
Fight card of Vasily Lomachenko and Teofim Lopez
The main card
- Vasiliy Lomachenko v Teofim Lopez for Lomachenko’s lightweight WBO, WBA and WBC (franchise) and Lopez IBF lightweight titles.
- Arnold Barboza Jr. against Alex Saucedo; younger mid-pounds
- Edgar Berlanga v. Lanell Bellows; super medium
- Josue Vargas v Kendo Castaneda; younger mid-pounds
- Jose Enrique Durantes Vivas v John Vincent Moralde; feather weights
- Quatavious Cash v Quincy LaVallais; medium weight
- Quinton Randall v. Jan Carlos River; medium weights
- Jahi Tucker v. Charles Garner; medium weights