Vasyl Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez

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Published on 18 Oct 2020 / In Sports

⁣Video: ⁣⁣Teofimo Lopez Jr. upsets Vasiliy Lomachenko

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⁣⁣"He showed everything you could possibly want from a champion."

⁣Some of @TeofimoLopez's best work from a star-making performance in the Bubble. #LomaLopez

⁣Lopez took it to a pound-for-pound great over 12 rounds to win all four recognized belts at 135 pounds.
⁣For nearly two years, to anyone willing to hear it, Teofimo Lopez Jr. and his father/trainer have said the 23-year-old brash slugger was ready to take over the sport. It turns out they were right.

Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) held off a furious rally from pound-for-pound ranked Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) to score an upset victory by unanimous decision on Saturday to unify all four lightweight titles inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Lopez, the IBF titleholder, unified the WBA, WBO and WBC titles from Lomachenko.

The judges scored it 116-112, 119-109 and 117-113 for Lopez, a native of Brooklyn, New York. CBS Sports also had it for Lopez, 116-112.

"All it is, it's 'The Takeover,'" Lopez said, referencing both his nickname and common catchphrase. "It's time for the new generation to come up and it's time for me to lead the way for everybody."

Although it was expected that Lopez's lone shot at victory would come through a knockout, the biggest upset on this night was that he largely outboxed the best pure boxer in the world in Lomachenko to get the victory.

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Lomachenko vs. Lopez

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Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Teófimo López, billed as Winner Takes All, was a unification professional boxing match contested between WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion, Vasyl Lomachenko, and IBF lightweight champion, Teófimo López. The bout was scheduled to take place on October 17, 2020, at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise, Nevada. Lopez won the bout, beating Lomachenko by a unanimous decision, to become the unified lightweight champion of the world.

López' scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Richard Commey to capture the IBF lightweight title on December 14, 2019. In the same month, Lomachenko announced there was an agreement to face the newly crowned champion in a unification bout in April, saying, "On paper, there is an agreement that the match is going to happen, and it's going to happen in April. However, they have not yet established a date. This fight is happening in April." On February 8, López hinted at a date and location for the fight on Twitter, with lyrics from the song "New York, New York", posting, "May 30th. Start spreadin' the news, I'm leaving today, I want to be a part of it. PP_?". The proposed date was eventually scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Lomachenko going back to his native home of Ukraine.[3] Bob Arum, promoter of both fighters, offered each an interim bout to take place in July, which both rejected. Arum stated the new date being looked at would be September. After October was chosen as a new date, the fight appeared to be in jeopardy due to a pay dispute from López, who was unhappy with an offer of $1.25m while Lomachenko was set to earn in excess of $3.5m. With López' manager, David McWater explaining, "We think that [Lomachenko] probably deserves more money, but not three times as much. We’re hoping that there is enough impetus to get this fight done, and Top Rank will come back and talk to us". On September 8, after weeks of difficult negotiations, the bout was finally announced for October 17, with the venue set for the MGM Grand Conference Center in Paradise, Nevada.

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