UNBEATEN TEOFIMO LOPEZ upset Vasiliy Lomachenko by a unanimous decision on Saturday to become the undisputed world lightweight champion in Las Vegas.
The fight was officially scored 116-112 by Tim Cheatham, 117-111 by Steve Weisfield and 119-109 by Julie Lederman.
After commanding the centre of the ring over the first half of the fight, Lopez withstood a valiant comeback in the middle rounds from Lomachenko, who, at a significant reach disadvantage, began getting inside to land body blows and connecting with combinations to the head.
Lomachenko said he believed he won the fight and disagreed with the scoring decision during a post-bout interview, according to boxing insider Dan Rafael.
Lomachenko's professional record drops to 14-2, which doesn't account for his dominant amateur career. "I mean that's part of it, so I dig down deep in those last rounds for a reason". He threw punches only sparingly the first half of the fight, landing just 31 punches in the first seven rounds, before finally picking up the pace in the eighth round. That's what a true champion does. In the 12th round Lopez outlanded Lomachenko 50 to 19 and opened up a cut that sent blood flowing down his face and prompted referee Russell Mora to stop the fight with 10 seconds left to have the ring doctor look at it before resuming.
"I am ready to take over the world", he declared after his victory.
"I'm a fighter", Lopez said after the fight regarding the 12th round.
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Lopez' victory has become the latest victor for Mayweather after his stunning victory in Las Vegas. "So, I knew it would take time for him to catch up".
Punch statistics showed Lopez landed 183 of 659 punches while Lomachenko was credited with 141 of 321.
Vasly Lomachenko was considered the pound-for-pound best in the world before his points defeat to Teofimo Lopez.
Lomachenko, who lost only once in almost 400 amateur fights and had only one loss as a pro, thought he did better than the scorecards indicated.
Lopez unifies the lightweight titles.
"My team, everybody throughout this whole week was talking about the fact that I'm going to be a big superstar after winning", Lopez said. I'm thankful. I'm grateful, and each and every day, I take that in.