We 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 At simply 23 years outdated, Teofimo Lopez turned the undisputed light-weight champion of the world by dethroning Vasiliy Lomachenko over 12 tense rounds contained in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.
Lopez turns into the youngest fighter to develop into a four-belt champion for the reason that WBO was based in 1988.
After a powerful 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 hit Lomachenko with well-placed physique photographs that had the smaller boxer backing up.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) constructed a giant lead on the scorecards as he was capable of neutralize the swish actions of Lomachenko (14-2, 10) behind that jab. For many of the first half of the struggle, 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 outboxing the grasp boxer.
Yet Lomachenko did not quit with out a struggle. As the struggle entered the late phases, 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 palms that slowed the momentum of Lopez. To his credit score, Lomachenko put collectively a late rally within the championship rounds.
“I think the first half of the fight he got more rounds than I did, but in the second half of the fight I took over,” Lomachenko said. “I used to be a lot better.”
But if a late assertion was wanted by Lopez, it was made within the 12th and remaining spherical. Despite Lopez’s father saying he had the struggle gained coming into the final spherical, Lopez stored the strain on and received his hand transferring, touchdown a number of important energy photographs that halted Lomachenko in his tracks. Only a conflict of heads that induced a gash over Lopez’s left eye stemmed the tide.
“I’m a fighter,” Lopez mentioned after the struggle concerning the 12th spherical. “I gotta dig in deep. I knew he was coming. I didn’t know if they had him up on the scorecards or not, and I love to fight. I can bang, too. I don’t care, man. I’ll take one to give one. That’s what a true champion does. I find a way to win.”
This spherical was a late exclamation to what was a sterling efficiency by a younger man who fulfilled the future of his outspoken father, who prophesied that not solely would his son win a world title by his 15th struggle, however he would topple a boxer many take into account the perfect within the sport by his 16th.