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Lopez stuns Lo­machenko in uni­fi­ca­tion fight

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LOS AN­GE­LES (AFP) – Un­beaten Te­ofimo Lopez up­set Vasiliy Lo­machenko by a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion yes­ter­day to be­come the undis­puted world light­weight cham­pion in Las Ve­gas.

Lopez de­fended his 135-pound IBF light­weight ti­tle and seized the WBC, WBO and WBA belts from Ukraine’s Lo­machenko who suf­fered his first loss in six years.

“I am ready to take over the world,’’ said Lopez, who won by scores of 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112.

Lopez, 16-0 with 12 knock­outs, be­came the light­weight king in a fight that ap­peared to be closer than the lop­sided judges’ score­cards in­di­cated at the MGM

Grand Ho­tel and Casino.

In the big­gest fight of his ca­reer, Lopez, of the US, dom­i­nated the first half be­fore Lo­machenko came storm­ing back in the later rounds to set the stage for a thrilling fi­nal round.

At 23, Lopez is the youngest fighter to be­come a four belt undis­puted cham­pion. He did it in an empty MGM arena where spec­ta­tors were banned be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Lopez re­ceived a nasty cut over the right eye from an ac­ci­den­tal head butt in the fi­nal round but was able to con­tinue.

“I think I won the fight,” said Lo­machenko. “But I am not go­ing to ar­gue it now.”

 ??  ?? UNDIS­PUTED CHAMP – Un­beaten Te­ofimo Lopez, right, con­nects with a right up­per­cut against Ukraine’s Vasiliy Lo­machenko in their world light­weight uni­fi­ca­tion ti­tle fight in Las Ve­gas yes­ter­day. Lopez won via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion. (Top Rank photo)
UNDIS­PUTED CHAMP – Un­beaten Te­ofimo Lopez, right, con­nects with a right up­per­cut against Ukraine’s Vasiliy Lo­machenko in their world light­weight uni­fi­ca­tion ti­tle fight in Las Ve­gas yes­ter­day. Lopez won via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion. (Top Rank photo)

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