Teofimo Lopez was in rare form on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
Teofimo Lopez upset Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision in a career-defining and star-making performance Saturday evening from the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) won by margins of 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112 after 12 rounds of calculated action. And with the commanding victory, the 23-year old now holds the IBF/WBA/WBO titles at 135 pounds.
Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), meanwhile, sees his 13-fight win streak come to a close, and will have to go back to the drawing board.
Speaking post-fight, you can tell how elated Lopez is.
“I had to dig deep, man,” said Lopez. “I’m thankful. I’m grateful. And each and every day, I take that in. I thank God first because I couldn’t do it without him.”
Lomachenko fell behind early on the cards in the face of the speed, strength, power, and ability from his younger foe. Lomachenko did mount a rally over the second half of the fight, but it simply wasn’t enough.
“I’m a fighter,” Lopez explained. “I gotta dig in deep. I knew he was coming. I didn’t know if they had him up on the scorecards or not, and I love to fight. I can bang, too. I don’t care, man. I’ll take one to give one. That’s what a true champion does. I find a way to win.”
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com