Teofimo Lopez completes 'Takeover' with unanimous decision win over Vasiliy Lomachenko
Teofimo Lopez celebrates with his team after unanimously defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Saturday. (Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
LAS VEGAS - The takeover is complete.
Teofimo Lopez ended his rocket journey to the head of the lightweight division of boxing with a unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko that made him the undisputed champion.
Lopez now holds the WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF lightweight titles, making only the fifth man in the four-belt era to be an undisputed champion. The others are Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, and Oleksandr Usyk.
Judge Tim Cheatham had it 116-112, the same as Yahoo Sports. Steve Weisfeld favored Lopez 117-111, while Julie Lederman had an almost incomprehensible 119-109 for Lopez.
"Julie Lederman, what a fight she saw," said promoter Bob Arum. “These judges are the craziest. ... Lopez won the fight, but Lopez won four of those rounds in the backend. "
Lomachenko's strategy was confusing to say the least. He threw very few punches in the first half of the fight and let Lopez win by moving forward and thrusts and the occasional right hand tossing.
Lomachenko picked up in the second half of the fight, but he had fallen far behind. He was clearly making a comeback, but her broad score had outraged many.
"I would advise any fighter I had to ask to ask the commission not to appoint them," said Arum.
Lopez's clout also seemed to be a factor. Although there were no crackdowns, Lomachenko struggled to compete with the hard-right that Lopez landed. In the 12th round, Lopez landed three or four bristle rights that stopped Lomachenko.
Lopez suffered a nasty cut over his left eye after receiving a late headbutt. Lomachenko bowed his head sharply and was repeatedly warned by referee Russell Mora.
The loss was Lomachenko's second as a professional and third of his career after an amateur career of 396-1 that included two Olympic gold medals. He is now 14-2 as a professional.
Lopez, who won the US Olympic trials in 2016 but did not make the team, represented Honduras and was eliminated in the first round in Rio de Janeiro. But he was a rising star as a professional and finally reached the top of the mountain on Saturday.
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