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23-year old Teofimo Lopez becomes the undisputed lightweight champion

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Teofimo Lopez,23, has become the undisputed lightweight champion after outpointing two-time Olympic champion and former three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 119-109, 117-111.

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For the first time in nearly three decades that boxing has an undisputed lightweight champion. Heading into this fight, Teofimo was a huge 4-1 underdog.

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Lopez executed a perfect gameplan early on and completely shut out Lomachenko in the first half of the fight. Teofimo shut down Loma’s ability to cut angles in this fight. He stepped with Loma so he couldn’t get that patented circle pivot and worked the body beautifully.

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Lomachenko sensed an urgency in the second half of the fight and rallied from 7th to 11th round. Heading into the 12th round, Lomachenko was the fresher fighter of the two, but Teofimo didn’t want to slow down and constantly landed huge bombs early. By the end of the round, he had Lomachenko staggered and hurt.

“I have to thank God. I had to dig deep,” Teofimo said. “I’m thankful, I’m grateful and each and every day I take that in. I walk by faith for a reason and it feels good.”

Lomachenko vs. Lopez Undercard Results

  • Teofimo Lopez Jr. (c) def. Vasiliy Lomachenko via unanimous decision (116-112, 119-109, 117-111)
  • Arnold Barboza Jr. def. Alex Saucedo via unanimous decision (96-93, 97-92, 97-92)
  • Edgar Berlanga def. Lanell Bellows via first-round TKO

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