Lopez forces a glitch in the Matrix as Lomachenko’s reign ends

1280838977.jpg.0 - Lopez forces a glitch in the Matrix as Lomachenko’s reign endsPhoto by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

Teofimo Lopez has gatecrashed the pound-for-pound conversation this weekend, as Loma finds his ceiling at lightweight.

“I am ready to take over the world,” Teofimo Lopez cried following a crowning evening inside Top Rank’s Bubble, Las Vegas. Against the odds, the braggadocious 23-year-old had upset one of the very best to lace up a pair of gloves via a relatively comfortable unanimous decision – the official score totals read 116-112, 117-111, and 119-109, with my card reading 116-112 in a contest that was surprisingly easy to score.

There were several questions posed of both men before Saturday evening’s bout, and over 36 minutes of unabating brilliance, answers became clearer as the tide shifted in the 135-pound division. Vasiliy Lomachenko — widely regarded in the top two of the sport’s active fighters prior to this contest — looked a shadow of the man that has danced through his career dropping jaws of opponents and crowds across three divisions.

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