Teofimo Lopez dethroned Vasyl Lomachenko with an impressive boxing show at hand him his second profession loss on Saturday evening in Las Vegas.
The younger American IBF champion added Loma’s WBA, WBC ‘franchise’ and WBO titles to his assortment in a shocking upset which is able to ship shockwaves by means of the boxing world.
The combat started with a tentative opener as each males took their time and sized one another up.
Lopez threw a couple of jabs to the physique and was extra aggressive firstly.
In spherical two, the younger lion caught the veteran champion with a proper hand which drew a response of a straight left.
Loma additionally discovered a house for an additional counter late within the spherical, however the session was once more largely uneventful.
Lopez invested within the physique properly in spherical three and undoubtedly appeared considerably extra lively early on.
This sample continued into the fourth, fifth and sixth as Lomachenko fell additional and additional behind on the scorecards solely as a result of inactivity.
As they entered the second half, there was an argument to be made that Lopez had received each single spherical to date.
Loma tried to come back forwards extra within the seventh, however was met by his opponent’s straight proper hand to go and physique – the deterrent that frequently saved him at bay.
The Ukrainian lastly appeared to have woken up in spherical eight as he put collectively a powerful mixture to land successive punches on Lopez for the primary time within the combat.
Loma carried this aggression into the ninth, however the American answered again with sharp counter rights as he had completed to manage the motion earlier than.
The pair traded up shut in spherical ten as Lomachenko took dangers to get nearer to Lopez.
His clever motion and fast lead photographs noticed him beginning to come on sturdy after the gradual begin.
Loma flew out of the blocks within the eleventh and hammered his foe with mixtures as soon as extra.
Lopez tried to hit again, however gave the impression to be tiring as he retreated towards the ropes.
Within the closing spherical, the teenager dispelled this fable of fatigue as he responded by popping out firing as soon as extra, simply as he had earlier within the bout.
Lomachenko appeared each bit the older man because the 23-year-old set about him for 3 minutes to safe victory.
The scorecards have been learn out as 116-112, 119-109, 117-111 in favour of Lopez. Takeover full.
“I really feel good. I’m a fighter, I’ve gotta dig in deep,” he mentioned after the win.
“I didn’t know if that they had him up on the scorecards. That’s what a real champion does, finds a solution to win.
“Actually you’ve simply gotta hold pressuring him, each time he needed to throw I had one thing prepared for him.”
Loma left the ring instantly after the scores have been learn and gave a brief interview within the dressing room.
He mentioned: “I believe within the first half he had extra rounds than I did, however within the second half I took over and I used to be a lot better.
“I wish to go house and overview the combat, I can’t remark proper now a lot about it. Undoubtedly I’m not agreeing with the scorecards.”