Now we have a brand new light-weight king. At simply 23 years outdated, Teofimo Lopez grew to become the undisputed light-weight champion of the world by dethroning Vasiliy Lomachenko over 12 tense rounds contained in the MGM Grand Convention Heart on Saturday night time.
Lopez turns into the youngest fighter to change into a four-belt champion because the 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 by utilizing his educated left hand, after which hitting Lomachenko with well-placed physique pictures 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 swish actions of Lomachenko (14-2, 10) behind that jab. For many of the first half of the combat, Lomachenko simply moved across the ring and did little or no offensively. It was clear 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 hand over and not using a combat. Because the combat entered the late levels, Lomachenko, sensing 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 fingers that 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 ultimate spherical. Regardless of Lopez’s father saying he had the combat gained coming into the final spherical, Lopez saved the strain on and received his hand shifting, touchdown a number of vital energy pictures that halted Lomachenko in his tracks. Solely a conflict of heads that precipitated a gash over Lopez’s left eye stemmed the tide.
“I am a fighter,” Lopez stated after the combat relating to the twelfth spherical. “I gotta dig in deep. I knew he was coming. I did not know if that they had him up on the scorecards or not, and I like to combat. I can bang, too. I do not care, man. I am going to take one to offer one. That is what a real champion does. I discover a method 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 many take into account the most effective within the sport, by his sixteenth.