Lopez walks the walk, beats Lomachenko to unify lightweight titles

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“The Takeover” is here, and it’s real, as a new superstar was born in Las Vegas.

We’ve got a new superstar in the boxing world, as Teofimo Lopez unified three lightweight world titles tonight with an upset win over now-former pound-for-pound top dog Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Lopez (16-0, 12 KO) didn’t even have to knock Lomachenko out, or put him on the canvas. He won the fight by rather clear decision, taking scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 119-109, and while the latter was probably a couple rounds wider than realistic, there’s really not much argument that Lopez earned this win.

Bad Left Hook had the fight 116-112 for Lopez on both of our unofficial score cards.

Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KO), whose technical wizardry and tactical genius has been his calling card even going back to the amateurs, took a pretty bold strategy in this fight, as you could argue he gave away the first seven rounds, or at least the vast majority of them.

Lopez didn’t do anything particularly great as far as eye-catching offense goes in those rounds, but he also didn’t let Lomachenko “download” enough pertinent information quickly enough to get going until the eighth round, and he constantly threw more and landed more, worked smart and in extremely patient fashion, and showed the boxing skill he’s boasted was hidden beneath his flashy knockouts.

In short, Teofimo Lopez walked the walk, and even after the 32-year-old Lomachenko came alive and made it a much better fight starting in the eighth round, he never got too rattled, even when the Ukrainian was doing vintage Lomachenko work in sports.

“I had to dig deep. I’m thankful, I’m grateful, and each and every day I take that in,” Lopez said after the fight. “I had to dig in there, and it feels good.”

Asked about his father and trainer, Teofimo Sr, telling him to fight cautiously in the 12th round, Lopez explained why he didn’t, why he went out and took that round by force.

“I knew (Lomachenko) was coming. I can’t give him that,” Lopez said. “I don’t know if (the judges have) got him up on the score cards or not. I come to fight, and I come to win.”

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