In a disappointing fight, he defeated the Ukrainian by unanimous decision and took the four main crowns in the category.
There was a surprise among the 250 guests at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the millions of viewers who followed a promising night of boxing from their homes. Young Teofimo López retained his IBF super lightweight champion title and snatched three belts to the experienced Vasiliy Lomachenko, undisputed monarch in that category. The American, of Honduran descent, won the cards unanimously, after twelve rounds that were a long way from meeting the “Fight of the Year” forecast.
López, of Honduran descent, was the dominator of the first half of the fight, although without too many successes over the Ukrainian super champion. For the judges, his insistence and subsequent endurance deserved him to come out as the big winner of the night, in which the titles of the superlight category were unified.
The cards were unanimous: 116-112, 119-109 and 117-111, all in favor of the 23-year-old boxer, who remained undefeated. “I definitely do not agree with the scorecards,” said Lomachenko, considered one of the best fighters today.
In this way, López retained the belt of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), which he had obtained last December with a knockout against the Ghanaian Richard Commey. Further, stripped the Ukrainian of three titles: those of the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
The greatest emotions came only in the last rounds of the fight. And they also extended beyond the action on the ring, as the cards surprised after a much more even fight than the result appeared.
“Is he time of a new generation And it was my turn, “Lopez said as he stepped out of the ring. I receive one and I give one, it is what a champion does, “completed the American, who had promised a knockout. Not even he could fulfill the forecasts.
He qualifier of “Fight of the year”, with which the specialists were excited in the previous one, fell apart after the first six rounds. In them, López launched numerous blows; almost none compromised Lomachenko. The Ukrainian, for his part, limited himself to moving continuously so as not to be easy prey and remained expectantly awaiting a false step from López.
The American did not fall into Lomachenko’s trap, but neither did he hurt his opponent, who from the sixth round began to dispute the initiative. The European continued to throw fewer punches than López, but was more effective. He seemed to have the fight in his fist in the penultimate round, although caution against the power of his adversary and fatigue, at 32, prevented a quick definition.
For Lomachenko, it was the second loss of his professional career, after the one he suffered against Orlando Salido in 2014. He had a record 14 wins (10 KOs) and two knockdowns. In his more than 400 amateur commitments, he had only lost once.
Instead, López led his undefeated to 16 wins (12 on the fast track). And he took a firm step towards the great boxing scene.
The fight between López and Lomachenko marked the beginning of a series of high level evenings at the close of 2020.
On October 31 Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz will fight in San Antonio, with an audience, and Naoya Inoue will face Jason Moloney. On November 14 it will be the turn of Terence Crawford-Kell Brook, while two weeks later the exhibition between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. will take place. For December there are fights between Errol Spence Jr. and Danny García (5 / 12) and between Anthony Joshua-Kubrat Pulev (12/12).
Among all of them, perhaps one of them will enchant to stay, with good reason, with the Great “Fight of the Year” poster.