American Teofimo Lopez won the unified lightweight title, winning unanimously by the judges after a close fight against Ukrainian Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Lopez, who was the IBF champion of the category, thus seizes the WBC, WBO and WBA belts, held by his opponent, undefeated for six years.
At 23, he became the youngest boxer to hold a unified title since the creation of the WBO in 1988.
“I’m ready to dominate the world,” said the American, winner of his 16 pro fights (including 12 by KO).
He has not lost since his loss as an amateur at the Olympic Games in Rio, which he played for Honduras in 2016.
The three judges gave him the victory (119-109, 117-111 and 116-112), but the contested fight without spectators, due to the measures taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic, seemed tighter than the indicate the scores.
After a first half of the fight dominated by Lopez, Lomachenko raised the tone in the last rounds but not enough to victoriously defend the title won in 2018 at the expense of Venezuelan Jorge Linares for a fourth time.
“I think I won the fight,” said the double Ukrainian Olympic champion (2008, 2012), who left the ring immediately after the announcement of the scores. “He won more rounds in the first half of the fight. In the second half, I took control. I don’t agree with the scores ”.
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