By Associated Press Reporter
Published: 07:24 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 07:24 BST, 18 October 2020
Teofimo Lopez dominated early and finished strong on Saturday night to win a unanimous 12-round decision over Vasiiliy Lomachenko to unify the lightweight titles.
Lopez took advantage of a slow start by Lomachenko to build up an early lead, then finished the fight with a big 12th round that left Lomachenko bloodied and beaten on the scorecards.
The 23-year-old from Brooklyn became the unified lightweight champion and managed to do what few in boxing thought he could do - outbox perhaps the best technician in boxing.
Teofimo Lopez dominated early and finished strong to beat Vasiiliy Lomachenko on Saturday
Lopez - who has a record of 16-0 - added the three titles held by Lomachenko, who recorded his second defeat of his career, to the belt he won last year to become the undisputed 135-champion.
Lopez was favored 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 on ringside scorecards in a bout held without fans at the MGM Grand conference center. The Associated Press had Lopez winning 117-111.
Lopez proved faster and stronger than the 32-year-old Lomachenko, who won two Olympic gold medals as an